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W.Va. teen hurt in motorcycle accident

January 07, 2004|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

A 16-year-old boy was injured Tuesday when he lost control of his motorcycle, fell off and tumbled into a wooded area, according to police.

John Wiles of Tomahawk was flown by helicopter to Washington (D.C.) Hospital Center. A spokeswoman there said Tuesday night that Wiles was in fair condition.

The accident happened on Crossroad School Road, two-tenths of a mile south of Tomahawk Run Road, said West Virginia State Police Trooper C.A. Ellwanger, who received the call at 3:47 p.m.

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Wiles was wearing a helmet and his parents told police that he was an experienced rider who participated in motocross events. Ellwanger said the boy's Honda motorcycle had racing numbers on it.

Investigators were trying to determine why Wiles lost control of his bike. No other cars were involved, Ellwanger said.

A passer-by notified emergency personnel after spotting the bike on its side and seeing the boy in the woods.

A MedStar helicopter landed in a grassy plain beside Tomahawk Christian Church at around 5 p.m., delayed because of high winds coming off the mountain, Ellwanger said.

A person who first spotted the boy knew his parents and told them what happened, Ellwanger said. Wiles' mother stayed with him in the back of a Berkeley County Ambulance Authority ambulance while waiting for the helicopter.

Ellwanger said the boy suffered injuries consistent with tumbling off a bike, including wounds to his elbows and knees.

"He was just torn up," Ellwanger said.

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