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One dead, 3 hospitalized in W.Va. crash

January 06, 2006|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A Kearneysville, W.Va., woman died Thursday at Jefferson Memorial Hospital about five hours after being involved in a vehicle crash, police said.

Carrie Gaynor, 27, was a passenger in the vehicle driven by her father on W.Va. 51 just outside of Charles Town, W.Va., about 4:30 p.m., Jefferson County Sheriff's Deputy B. Williams said. Gaynor's father was driving west on W.Va. 51, also known as Middleway Pike, when another vehicle lost control and crashed into his vehicle.

The other vehicle, which was traveling east, lost control and swerved off of the right side of the road, Williams said. The woman driving the vehicle overcompensated and crossed the center line of the road, striking Gaynor's vehicle, Williams said.


Williams said a crash reconstruction team was investigating the accident to determine what caused the woman to lose control of her vehicle. He said a large curve just before the spot where she lost control might be to blame.

The woman had her 3-year-old daughter in the vehicle at the time of the crash, Williams said.

Williams declined to release the names of the other people in the crash, but said they were all Jefferson County, W.Va., residents.

The woman driving east was taken by helicopter to Washington County Hospital. Her daughter was taken by helicopter to Fairfax (Va.) Hospital, Williams said.

Both patients were "doing fine" late Thursday, he said.

Gaynor's father was taken to Jefferson Memorial Hospital, where he was undergoing surgery late Thursday, Williams said.

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