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Bunker Hill motorcyclist dies in crash

March 01, 2004|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

A 35-year-old Berkeley County man riding on a motorcycle was killed Saturday night when he attempted to pass a truck on Specs Run Road, the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department said.

Kevin Eugene Green of Bunker Hill, W.Va., was killed in the 6:40 p.m. crash, according to a press release from the sheriff's department.

The press release did not say where the accident occurred on Specs Run Road, which loops between W.Va. 51 and U.S. 11 in the Inwood, W.Va., area, authorities said.

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Investigators were unavailable for comment Sunday.

Deputy T.W. Carroll determined that Green was traveling east on Specs Run Road when he attempted to pass the truck, the press release said.

Green's motorcycle made contact with the driver's-side mirror, which caused the motorcycle to collide with the left front section of the truck, the press release said.

The motorcycle then went left across the highway and into some trees, the press release said.

Green was thrown from the motorcycle and into a tree, the press release said.

Green was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

The driver of the truck, who was not identified, was not injured, the press release said.

Last year, 37 people were killed in car accidents in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia, prompting debate over whether the area is experiencing an inordinately high number of deadly crashes.

A West Virginia State Police spokesman said the number of people killed on local highways in 2003 was about average.

However, a state division of highways official said Berkeley County's fatal car accident rate appeared to be "a little high" for the number of people who live in the area.

Gary Winter, coordinator of alcohol programs for the Governor's Highway Safety Program, said traffic congestion may contribute to a higher number of fatal crashes in Berkeley County.

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