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Two W.Va. residents killed in separate vehicle crashes

August 15, 2005|by DAVE McMILLION

EASTERN PANHANDLE, W.VA.

charlestown@herald-mail.com

Two Jefferson County residents were killed in separate car accidents early Sunday, according to police.

John Castellano, 51, of Harpers Ferry, W.Va., was killed in an accident that occurred about 12:32 a.m. on U.S. 340 south of Charles Town, W.Va., police said.

Castellano went off the highway in a 1994 Jeep he was driving, said West Virginia State Police Sgt. E.D. Anderson.

The Jeep, which was northbound, rolled several times near the Rainbow Road Club, Anderson said. Castellano was thrown a short distance from the Jeep, Anderson said.

Castellano was unresponsive at the scene and was pronounced dead later at Jefferson Memorial Hospital, Anderson said.

Police believe Castellano was the only person in the Jeep, Anderson said. A crew in a Maryland State Police helicopter, using infrared equipment, searched the area to make sure no one else was thrown from the Jeep, Anderson said.

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It is unclear why Castellano's Jeep went off the road, Anderson said.

A second fatal accident occurred about 2:33 a.m. when a 2001 Dodge Neon being operated by Connie McCarty, 43, of Shenandoah Junction, W.Va., crossed the center line on W.Va. 9 near the intersection with Mt. Olive Road east of Martinsburg, according to a press release from the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department.

McCarty's car struck a 1997 Dodge Caravan head-on and McCarty was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the press release.

The driver of the van, Cinda Rosenberry, 58, of McConnellsburg, Pa., was taken to City Hospital and later taken to Winchester (Va.) Medical Center, the release said.

Rosenberry's condition could not be determined Sunday afternoon.

Also riding in the van was Rosenberry's daughter, Michele Johnston, 40, of Ranson, W.Va., police said.

Johnston was doing well following surgery late Sunday afternoon at City Hospital, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The crash investigation is continuing, police said.

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