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W.Va. teen killed in 1-vehicle crash

September 26, 2005|by DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.VA.

charlestown@herald-mail.com

An 18-year-old Shenandoah Junction, W.Va., woman who was killed in a single-vehicle accident early Saturday morning on Earle Road was coming home from college, according to her aunt and rescue officials.

Tracey Michelle Duncan died after the Jeep she was driving went off Earle Road about 3 a.m. and hit a fence, said Sherry Duncan.

Earle Road intersects W.Va. 51 about three miles west of Charles Town.

Duncan's Jeep traveled parallel with a wooden fence and crashed through several sections of the fence, said Ed Smith, chief of Independent Fire Co.

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Duncan was in the driver's seat when rescue crews arrived and she had her seat belt on, Smith said.

West Virginia State Police investigated the crash but could not be reached Sunday to provide additional details.

Duncan was a student at Valley Forge Christian College in Valley Forge, Pa., where she was studying to become a youth Christian counselor, said Sherry Duncan, Tracey Duncan's aunt.

Tracey Duncan had classes Friday and worked that night until about 11 p.m., Sherry Duncan said.

Tracey Duncan's father had urged her not to try to return home until the next morning but she decided to make the drive, Sherry Duncan said.

Tracey Duncan, a 2005 graduate of Jefferson High School, was an active member of the Bolivar Pentecostal Church of Christ. She had participated in some summer camps in the last few years where she developed an interest in being a Christian youth counselor, her aunt said.

Duncan was the daughter of Mickey Duncan and the late Mary Ann Writt Duncan.

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