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Falling Waters man dies in I-81 accident

September 17, 2005

MARTINSBURG, W.Va.

A 22-year-old Falling Waters, W.Va., man died early Friday from injuries he sustained in a one-vehicle accident on northbound Interstate 81 in Berkeley County, West Virginia State Police said in a press release.

Citing witness statements, police said a vehicle driven by Derek Nelson Beasley, 22, appeared to be speeding on southbound I-81 about 1:50 a.m. Beasley appeared to lose control of the vehicle while exiting a curve in the roadway, the release said.

After crossing sideways into the center median, the vehicle struck a concrete drainage culvert, passed over the median toward the northbound lane, flipped end over end and rolled several times, according to the release.

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Witnesses told police that Beasley was thrown from the vehicle, and his body came to rest near the center line of the northbound lanes of I-81.

Beasley was pronounced dead at the scene by Berkeley County Coroner Dave Brining.

Beasley was born in Hagerstown and was a 2002 graduate of Hedgesville (W.Va.) High School. He had worked for the past two years at Tamko Roofing in Frederick, Md.

A graveside service is scheduled for Monday at Rose Hill Cemetery in Hagerstown.

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