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Man hurt after his car hits tree

March 21, 2004|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

A Frederick, Md., man was seriously injured early Saturday after his car ran off U.S. 40, hit a tree and flipped several times before coming to rest on its roof, according to police.

Steven Wesley Ringley, 30, was listed in critical condition Saturday evening at Washington County Hospital, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Maryland State Police Cpl. Patrick Morris and Cpl. Richard Poffenberger Jr., a collision reconstruction specialist, are investigating.

The single-car accident happened just east of Beaver Creek Road, where police were dispatched at 2:23 a.m., according to a press release from the state police.

Ringley's 1988 Pontiac Bonneville was found on its roof, 250 to 300 feet away from where it first went off the road, Poffenberger said later. He said the car hit a drainage culvert, vaulted about 80 feet, "took out" a small tree and flipped several times before coming to rest in a yard.

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Ringley, who was not trapped in the wreckage, was removed by members of the Funkstown Fire Department, Poffenberger said.

Poffenberger said that Ringley was going well above the posted 50 mph speed limit at the time of the accident. Several beer cans were found at the scene, Poffenberger said.

Troopers learned that Ringley does not have a driver's license, with his driving status listed as suspended.

Ringley was alone in his car. He was not wearing a seat belt, police said.

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