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Md. man dies in W.Va. crash

August 31, 2005|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - An 87-year-old Bethesda, Md., man died Tuesday afternoon when he tried to cross U.S. 340 from W.Va. 230 in front of an oncoming pickup truck, police said.

Harold Green was declared dead at the scene, said Cpl. Richard Shockey of the West Virginia State Police.

Green was stopped at a stop sign at the intersection at about 4:30 p.m. and apparently was trying to cross from W.Va. 230 to the northbound lanes of U.S. 340, Shockey said.

Green pulled into the southbound lane in front of a Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck driven by Christopher Hough of Charles Town, Shockey said.

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The pickup truck struck the driver's side of Green's 1998 Ford Taurus, Shockey said.

Hough was taken to Jefferson Memorial Hospital for minor injuries, Shockey said.

The southbound lanes of U.S. 340 were shut down for at least an hour and traffic was backed up about two miles, Shockey said.

The crash happened at the same intersection where a Shepherd University professor was killed in a car crash in December.

Loren Frankel, 39, was attempting to pull from W.Va. 230 to U.S. 340 northbound when he failed to yield to traffic and was struck by a southbound car, police said.

Following that crash, Jefferson County Sheriff Everett "Ed" Boober said a traffic light probably would have to be installed at the intersection given the volume of traffic on U.S. 340.

In 1996, Leon Nawrocki, a Jefferson County Commission candidate, was killed in a two-car crash at the intersection.

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