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19-year-old dies after his car hits tree

May 15, 2004|By CANDICE BOSELY

A 19-year-old man was killed Friday morning after his car ran off the road twice and hit a tree, according to police.

Matthew A. Feliciano, 19, of Inwood, W.Va., was pronounced dead after he was taken by ambulance to City Hospital in Martinsburg, said Sgt. D.S. Richmond of the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department.

The single-car accident happened at around 6:30 a.m. on Arden-Nollville Road, less than a mile from the intersection with Gerrardstown Road. Police and Feliciano's brother said he was heading home at the time.

A witness to the accident said Feliciano's 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier went off the right side of the road, then briefly came back on the road. The vehicle ran off the road again and the driver's side of his car hit the tree, Richmond said.

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The witness did not see anything that may have caused Feliciano to run off the road.

Feliciano did not appear to be wearing a seat belt and air bags did not deploy. Emergency personnel had to extricate Feliciano from the car, which was totaled, Richmond said.

Omar Feliciano said his younger brother enjoyed working on cars, being with friends and spending time with his 8-month-old son, Chase. He attended Musselman High School.

Feliciano was engaged to Samantha Burrows, but the couple had not yet set a wedding date, Omar Feliciano said.

Richmond was assisted by Deputy S. Crites, firefighters with the South Berkeley Volunteer Fire Department and medics with the county's Ambulance Authority.

Arden-Nollville Road was closed briefly while emergency workers were on the scene, he said.

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