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Investigation into deadly accident continues in W.Va.

January 03, 2006|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - One of two Jefferson County, W.Va., men who died in a single-car crash in the Shannondale area Saturday afternoon was a construction worker who leaves behind two young daughters, the victim's father said Monday.

Herbert James Dodson, 21, of Millville, W.Va., was a pipe worker who installed pipe in the ground for a variety of projects, said his father, Darryl Wayne Dodson Sr.

Herbert Dodson worked at the job for about two years, his father said.

Herbert Dodson was born in Jefferson County and had two daughters - a 2-year old and an 11-month old - with his girlfriend, his father said.

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A Jefferson County Sheriff's deputy said Monday that police were continuing to investigate the crash, which occurred about 5:43 p.m. on Mission Road when the driver, Darryl Wayne Dodson Jr., Herbert Johnson's brother, sideswiped a tree.

Deputy Scott Reagan said he planned to meet with an accident reconstructionist Monday to go over details of the crash.

The second person killed in the crash was John Huse Sr., 34, of Charles Town, police said.

Dodson was a front-seat passenger and was found lying in the road, police said. Huse was removed from the wreckage and died as he was being taken to Jefferson Memorial Hospital, police said.

Darryl Wayne Dodson Jr., 22, also of Millville, was flown to Inova Fairfax Hospital in Virginia and was in fair condition there Monday afternoon, a hospital spokesman said.

The car, a 2001 Ford Taurus, sideswiped a tree then went back on the road, coming to rest facing the wrong direction, Reagan said.

Darryl Dodson was sitting in a driveway by the wreck site when emergency crews arrived and he inquired to rescue crews about his girlfriend. The woman later was found at the hospital.

Reagan said it is unclear why Darryl Dodson was asking about his girlfriend, although Dodson was acting hysterical at the scene.

Reagan said it was still unclear what caused the car to strike the tree.

Darryl Wayne Dodson Sr. said he did not know where his two sons and Huse were headed when the crash occurred.

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