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W.Va. driver killed in Monday morning crash

August 24, 2004|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

GERRARDSTOWN, W.Va. - A Gerrardstown man died after the 1995 Ford Escort he was driving west on Gerrardstown Road early Monday went off the highway and struck a tree, a Berkeley County Sheriff's Department spokesman said.

Arlie Wilbert Parsons, 61, was pronounced dead after the crash, Deputy T.E. Boyles said.

The crash occurred about one-tenth of a mile east of 2208 Gerrardstown Road at about 6:45 a.m., Boyles said.

Gerrardstown Road was previously W.Va. 51, a main highway that runs through town.

The car went left off the highway and into a wooded area when it struck a tree, Boyles said.

Parsons was still in the car when deputies arrived at the scene, Boyles said. Parsons was pronounced dead at 7:05 a.m., Boyles said.

Boyles said investigators were trying to determine why the car left the road. Witnesses said the car was traveling normally on the highway when it suddenly left the road, Boyles said.

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Boyles said he is waiting on a report from the Berkeley County Coroners office. He said he is trying to determine if Parsons might have died before his car struck the tree.

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