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Sharpsburg Pike crash kills couple

March 28, 2004|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

FAIRPLAY -Two Washington County residents were killed early Saturday when their car ran off Sharpsburg Pike and struck a tree, Maryland State Police in Hagerstown said.

The victims were identified as Ian Ross Boward and Jennifer Marie Campbell, both 21.

Police listed Boward's address as 11549 Selema Drive in Hagerstown, and Campbell's as 7509 McClellan Ave. in Boonsboro.

The victims were pronounced dead at the scene of the 12:58 a.m. accident, police said.

About a dozen of Campbell's relatives were holding a prayer vigil at the scene of the accident Saturday evening. Flowers and a white cross had been placed near the tree.

They said the two recently had moved in with Campbell's father about a mile south of where the accident occurred.

Louise Nicholson of Martinsburg, W.Va., Campbell's aunt, said she didn't know where the couple was heading when the accident occurred.

According to police, Boward was driving south on Sharpsburg Pike. Boward missed a curve near the intersection of Herr Lane and ran off the side of the road.

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He overcorrected and crossed into the northbound lane, continued off the left side of the road and struck a tree broadside on the passenger side, police said.

The car, a 1998 Oldsmobile 4S, broke in two on impact, police said.

The victims were thrown from the vehicle. Both were wearing seatbelts.

The rear end of the car came to rest against the tree. The front end continued south, hit a chain link fence, then hit another tree on the driver's side, police said.

Boward drove a delivery truck and Campbell was a full-time mother to the couple's 2-year-old son, Nicholson said.

"She was an excellent mother," Nicholson said. "She and her baby were never separated."

The relatives believed Boward and Campbell had been together for about four years.

Campbell's mother and grandmother had been at the scene earlier in the evening, said Deanna Cuervas of Kearneysville, W.Va., another aunt.

"We're all aunts and cousins here," Nicholson said.

Campbell had attended South Hagerstown High School, the family said.

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