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Girl, 6, dies from injuries in W.Va. crash

March 15, 2006|by DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A 6-year-old Harpers Ferry, W.Va., girl died Monday afternoon as a result of injuries she suffered in a one-car accident Saturday on Mission Road on Blue Ridge Mountain, said Jefferson County Sheriff's Deputy Patricia Smith.

Lillian Jay, of 32950 River Drive, died at Inova Fairfax Hospital, where she was being treated, Smith said.

Jay's mother, Emily Fay O'Brien, 30, of the same address, was driving a 2003 Honda Element north on Mission Road near a church at about 11:40 a.m. Saturday, Smith said.

O'Brien told authorities that the next thing she knew, she struck a tree, Smith said.

An investigation was continuing, Smith said.

O'Brien and her son, Logan Jay, 9, were taken to Jefferson Memorial Hospital and later released, Smith said.

Lillian Jay started kindergarten at Blue Ridge Elementary School last August, said Principal Susan Zigler.

Zigler said counselors were available Tuesday for Blue Ridge Elementary School students to help them deal with the loss.

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"She was a very happy child," Zigler said of Lillian Jay. "Lots of energy."

Jay was the fourth person to be killed in traffic accidents in the Eastern Panhandle in a little more than a week.

On March 3, William Lilly, 60, of Springfield, W.Va., died after he was thrown through the sunroof of a Nissan Pathfinder in a one-vehicle crash on U.S. 340 near the intersection with Washington Street in Jefferson County.

On March 5, Danielle Kline, 23, of Martinsburg, W.Va., was killed when a Ford Explorer she was driving collided with another sport utility vehicle on W.Va. 45 east of Greensburg Road in Berkeley County.

On March 8 in Berkeley County, Andriea Kristeen Lopez of Mercersburg, Pa., was killed in an accident in the northbound lane of Interstate 81 near the Virginia line.

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