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W.Va. man sentenced in death of flagman

June 16, 2005

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A Keyser, W.Va., man who was charged in connection with the death of a flagman on Augustine Avenue last year, on Monday began serving a 30-day sentence in Eastern Regional Jail, according to a Jefferson County Circuit Clerk's office spokeswoman.

Lee James Crawford, 49, of 405 Virginia St., pleaded no contest to negligent homicide in the death of Michael Carleton Snyder, Jefferson County Circuit Court records show.

According to court records, Crawford was to be sentenced to 120 days, but 90 days would be suspended for unsupervised probation.

Snyder, 28, of Jefferson, Md., was pronounced dead at the scene July 19, 2004, after he was struck in a construction zone near the Huntfield development, Charles Town Police Department officials said.

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Snyder hit the windshield of Crawford's car and was thrown for an unknown distance, police said. Snyder broke both legs and had head injuries, police said.

Crawford had looked down before the accident happened to get a cup for his chewing tobacco, records show.

When Crawford looked up, he swerved to miss Snyder, but was unable to, court records show.

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