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Woman dies in accident

December 18, 2003|by CANDICE BOSELY

A 20-year-old Hedgesville, W.Va., woman was killed Wednesday when the Jeep Cherokee in which she was riding ran off the edge of Interstate 81 north of Martinsburg, W.Va., and flipped several times, police said.

Ashley Risinger was pronounced dead at the scene, West Virginia State Police Trooper R.C. Copson said.

The driver of the 1995 Jeep, Annette Poling, 19, of Gerrardstown, W.Va., was thrown from the car and taken to Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown with severe head injuries, Copson said. A spokeswoman at the hospital said Wednesday night that Poling had been admitted to the intensive care unit.

Risinger was wearing her seat belt, but Poling was not, Copson said. The Jeep's air bags deployed, he said.

The accident happened near the 18-mile marker just after 4 p.m. as the two women, who worked together at Aker Plastics of Martinsburg, headed north.


Poling's Jeep ran off the left side of the road and overturned several times in the median before coming to rest upright. Risinger was trapped inside, Copson said.

Copson said he was not sure why the Jeep ran off the road. He said he does not believe any other cars were involved and the road wasn't icy in the area where the accident happened, he said.

Southbound traffic was backed up and at a standstill for a couple of miles behind the wreck. Northbound traffic moved slowly because of drivers slowing down as they passed the crash site.

Traffic on U.S. 11 and through downtown Martinsburg was heavy from drivers getting off the interstate.

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