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Woman dies in crash in Berkeley County

July 22, 2004|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A 71-year-old woman being driven home by her daughter was killed Wednesday afternoon in a head-on collision at the intersection of Paynes Ford Road and Airport Road outside of Martinsburg, police said.

Helen Hager, of Martinsburg, died at City Hospital, where she was taken by ambulance for X-rays, said Cpl. R.T. Dyroff, with the West Virginia State Police.

The 1996 Subaru station wagon in which Hager was riding was hit head-on by a car that did not yield to oncoming traffic, Dyroff said.

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The driver of the other car, Penny S. Mutton, 40, of Martinsburg, was driving a 1997 Kia Sportage, Dyroff said. Mutton was heading east on Paynes Ford Road, while the Subaru was westbound on Airport Road, Dyroff said.

Mutton, who was veering left to remain on Paynes Ford Road when the collision happened, was charged with failure to yield right-of-way. Mutton told police she did not see the Subaru. She left no skid marks, Dyroff said.

Mutton was taken to City Hospital for a fractured hip, police said. Dyroff said that Mutton was the only person not wearing a seat belt.

Hager's daughter, Sharon L. Berry, 52, of Gerrardstown, W.Va., had only minor injuries, Dyroff said.

The wreck, which happened at 12:55 p.m., is under investigation, police said.

Emergency personnel from Baker Heights Volunteer Fire Department responded.

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