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Crashes kill two in W.Va.

March 06, 2006|By DAVE McMILLION

EASTERN PANHANDLE, W.VA.

Two people died in separate traffic accidents over the weekend in Jefferson and Berkeley counties, police said.

On Sunday, a young woman was killed in an accident that occurred about 5:35 p.m. in Berkeley County.

On Friday, a Hampshire County, W.Va., man died after he was thrown from a vehicle on U.S. 340 in Jefferson County.

Two sport utility vehicles collided Sunday on the crest of a hill on W.Va. 45 east of Greensburg Road, said Sgt. Willie Johnson of the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department.

A woman riding in a vehicle with West Virginia tags died in the crash, Johnson said.

Two adults and a child riding in the other vehicle suffered severe injuries, Johnson said in a news release.

Johnson said he could only provide minimal details about the crash since there were no eyewitnesses and because an investigation was continuing.

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Friday's crash occurred about 4:45 p.m. when a woman driving a Nissan Pathfinder was trying to avoid striking the rear of another car near the intersection with Washington Street, said Jefferson County Deputy V. Tiong.

Police believe the sport utility vehicle, which was traveling north, went off the right side of the road, into an embankment and rolled several times, Tiong said.

William Lilly, 60, of Springfield, W.Va., a passenger, was thrown through a sunroof and the vehicle landed on him, Tiong said. He was pronounced dead a short time later, Tiong said.

The driver of the vehicle, Angela Young, also of Springfield, suffered minor injuries, Tiong said. Young was Lilly's fiancee, he said.

Anyone with information about Sunday's crash may call police at 304-267-7000.

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