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I-81 accident claims life of county man

December 21, 2003|by LAURA ERNDE

laurae@herald-mail.com

An early morning accident on Interstate 81 Saturday claimed the life of a 27-year-old Cearfoss area man, Maryland State Police said.

Timothy Michael Drury, 27, of 17042 Castle Hill Road, was killed after he lost control of his car shortly after 1 a.m., police said.

Drury was driving a 1999 Oldsmobile Alero north on I-81 just south of the Maugansville exit when he changed lanes to pass a vehicle that was in the slow lane, police said.

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While in the fast lane, Drury lost control and his car went back into the slow lane, spinning off the road and onto the shoulder, police said.

The car overturned, hitting several trees before coming to rest on its roof, police said.

Drury, who was not wearing a seat belt, was partially ejected through the car's sunroof, police said.

Drury was the youngest of three boys who grew up in the Clear Spring school district.

His older brothers, Jerry Drury, 34, and Greg Drury, 32, live in the Hagerstown area.

"Timmy, he was a free spirit but he was good to everybody. He had a kind heart for everybody," Jerry Drury said.

Timothy Drury had worked at Hoffman's Quality Meats and Catering for the past few years, where Donald Hoffman was more than just a boss to him, Jerry Drury said.

Hoffman said Drury was like a right-hand man to him, doing everything from driving trucks to processing meat over the last six years.

When new employees arrived, he always was willing to teach them everything he knew, Hoffman said.

"He was everybody's friend. He could disarm anybody with his personality and his friendship," he said.

Jerry Drury said he did not know any more about the accident or where Timothy Drury was going at the time.

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