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Friends, family say man killed in W.Va. crash 'was a good kid'

August 17, 2003|by GREGORY T. SIMMONS

gregs@herald-mail.com

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - Family and friends of Zachary Marshall Jones, 18, who died in an auto accident Friday afternoon on W.Va. 9 said he was well-liked throughout the community.

"He was a good kid," said Jones' sister, Tiffany Lee Roberts, 23, of Martinsburg, W.Va. "He was a good student. He was always happy."

Jones, who lived near Hedgesville, was driving a red Pontiac Trans Am east on W.Va. 9 around 2:40 p.m. Friday when he tried to pass a car in a no-passing zone about 31/2 miles east of Berkeley Springs, West Virginia State Police said. Jones' car collided head-on with an 18-wheeler, and he was believed to have died instantly.

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The driver and three passengers in the truck were treated at War Memorial Hospital and released.

The road was shut down until 1 a.m. Saturday, according to Morgan County emergency dispatch information.

Family and friends said Jones was coming home from work Friday afternoon when the accident occurred.

Roberts said her brother was planning to attend college in Florida to train as a motorcycle mechanic. He had just graduated from Hedgesville High School and worked at Lippert Welding.

Becky Eidsness, 44, a friend of Jones' family, said Jones had gained a nickname as "the Mayor of Allensville," referring to the name of the street where he lived with his mother, Susan "Liz" Butts, near Hedgesville.

Eidsness said neighbors on Allensville Road had come to know Jones well because of his like for driving off-road vehicles and his knowledge when it came to working on them.

Eidsness said Jones had a lighter side, including a quirky love for duct tape.

"We used to get it for him for Christmas," Eidsness said.

"He was a just a very personable kid, and everybody loved him. ... You always got a hug and a kiss from him, coming and going," Eidsness said.

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