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Woman is killed in W.Va. crash

April 01, 2005|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. - A 19-year-old Harpers Ferry, W.Va., woman was killed Thursday morning when the car she was driving on Edgewood School Road near Shenandoah Junction, W.Va., struck a tree, a Jefferson County Sheriff's Department spokesman said.

Brittany Miller, of Maplewood Court, was pronounced dead at the scene, said Deputy K.J. Boyce.

Maplewood Court is in the Norwood subdivision.

A 16-year-old boy who was a passenger in the car was flown to Winchester (Va.) Medical Center for treatment of a broken ankle, a broken arm and other injuries, Boyce said.

The boy was expected to survive, Boyce said.

Boyce would not release the boy's name because of his age.

Miller was driving a 2004 Toyota Echo west on Edgewood School Road, which runs between Ridge Road and Warm Springs Road, Boyce said.

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Miller had passed a car on Edgewood School Road and was headed up a hill, Boyce said.

Police believe that when the car crested the hill, it either went airborne or lifted up enough to cause Miller to lose control of the car, Boyce said.

Miller was unable to negotiate a curve on the other side of the hill and struck a tree, Boyce said.

The boy crawled out of a passenger window, Boyce said.

Miller was found in the driver's seat, Boyce said.

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