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W.Va. man dies in crash

January 26, 2004|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg man who died in a two-car accident near Inwood, W.Va., on Friday was remembered as a talented person who advanced quickly in his job after moving to Berkeley County.

Christopher Scott Raney, 27, died when the green Toyota truck he was driving collided with a Honda on W.Va. 51 at about 2:59 a.m., said West Virginia State Police.

The Honda struck Raney's truck in a T-bone fashion, and Ramey was trapped in the wreckage, state police said.

One person in the Honda was taken to City Hospital in Martinsburg for treatment.

Raney was born in Martinsburg but moved to Beckley, W.Va., when he was about 10 years old after his father transferred with DuPont.

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Raney worked in the pagination department at a newspaper in Beckley when a friend encouraged him to come to Berkeley County to seek a job at Quad Graphics, said his father, Eric Raney.

Quad Graphics, located in the Cumbo Yard Industrial Park off W.Va. 9 west, prints catalogs, newspaper inserts and magazines.

Raney took a job with Quad Graphics and advanced quickly in the company, his father said.

Recently, the Virginia Polytechnic Institute graduate was given an offer by Quad Graphics officials to help open a new plant in Oklahoma City, Okla., Eric Raney said.

"He was a very smart person. He was his own person," Eric Raney said.

Eric Raney said his son had been out with some friends and was returning home when the accident occurred.

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