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Teen killed in Morgan County crash

August 02, 2004|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - West Virginia State Police were still withholding names Sunday of three Berkeley Springs teenagers who were involved in a car wreck Saturday on Fairview Drive where the car was torn in half, claiming the life of the 15-year-old driver.

The wreck occurred at about 2:30 p.m. when the driver, traveling south, lost control and veered off the left side of the road, striking a tree.

The car was ripped in half and the driver was found inside the part that stopped at the tree, said Sgt. Carl Mahood.

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The other part of the car traveled 140 feet before stopping, Mahood said.

The other two occupants were thrown from the second part of the car after it hit the tree, Mahood said.

Police believe excessive speed was the cause of the accident, Mahood said.

Investigators are still trying to determine how fast the car was going, Mahood said.

Mahood said he could not release the names of occupants because the trooper who investigated the accident was not working Sunday.

Mahood said the teens attended Berkeley Springs High School.

It is believed all the occupants were males, Mahood said. Mahood said he believes the two occupants who were thrown from the car were taken to trauma centers for treatment and released.

The state issues learning permits to drivers as young as 15 years old, but Mahood said he did not know if the driver had one.

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