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Man killed in car crash

October 23, 2004|by CANDICE BOSELY

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.VA - The driver of a Volvo passenger car died Friday afternoon when his car ran off U.S. 522 in Morgan County, hit a tree and rolled at least once, police said.

West Virginia State Police Trooper Z.L. Nine declined to release the victim's name because he said he had not yet notified the man's next of kin. He said the car had a California license plate on it.

Three passengers who were asleep in the car when the accident happened were not injured, Nine said.

The single-vehicle accident happened at 1:02 p.m. on U.S. 522, about a mile north of the Virginia state line, Nine said.

He said the Volvo was southbound when, for an unknown reason, it crossed the center line and opposite lane of traffic. After hitting the tree and rolling, the car came to rest on its driver's side, Nine said.

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The driver was pronounced dead at the scene, Nine said.

"As far as we know, he didn't have (a seat belt) on," Nine said.

Emergency personnel from Berkeley Springs Volunteer Fire Co., South Morgan Volunteer Fire Department and Morgan County Rescue Service responded.

Nine said he also was assisted by Chief Deputy Tim Stapleton and Deputy W.J. Shambaugh, both with the Morgan County Sheriff's Department.

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