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Martinsburg man struck, killed by car

December 19, 2004|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - A Martinsburg man walking north on Dry Run Road Saturday morning was struck and killed by a driver who left the scene, but was apprehended later, according to a press release from the Martinsburg Police Department.

The driver told police he had "struck a deer," according to the release.

Sgt. George Swartwood identified the victim as Michael H. Briden, 45, of the Martins Landing apartment complex.

The driver, Gregory Lucas White, 47, of 2050 Martins Way, Apt. 615, Martinsburg, was charged with a felony count of leaving the scene of an accident involving personal injury or death.

White was arraigned before Berkeley County Magistrate Harry Snow and jailed on $50,000 bond, police said.

Sgt. Brian Yost, a certified accident reconstruction expert for the Martinsburg Police Department, investigated the scene of the 7:48 a.m. incident and said it appeared that Briden had been struck from behind, police said.

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Briden was pronounced dead at the scene by Berkeley County Coroners David and Sandra Brining.

An autopsy for Briden is scheduled today at the West Virginia Medical Center in Charleston, W.Va., police said.

Police received a tip around 10:30 a.m. Saturday that an individual identified as White was at City Hospital in Martinsburg asking for a medical exam. He told police that he had been involved in an accident and that he had struck a deer.

Police said they checked his vehicle, a 1996 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. It had damage to its windshield and roof, police said.

White came to the police station voluntarily, again telling police that he had struck a deer. He later changed his story, saying he had struck a person, got out of his car and saw no one, so he went home.

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