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Woman killed in car crash

April 17, 2006|by DAVE McMILLION

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - A Hedgesville woman died early Sunday after her car went off W.Va. 9 near the access road to the General Motors plant and struck a utility pole, officials said.

Tuesday Hunter, 24, was taken to City Hospital in Martinsburg, W.Va., where she was pronounced dead, said Berkeley County Medical Examiner David Brining.

Hunter was headed east on W.Va. 9 about a quarter-mile west of the access road to the General Motors plant when her vehicle struck the utility pole about 4 a.m., officials said.

Hunter, the only person in the Pontiac Sunfire, was still in the car after the crash, said Matt Helmick of the Hedgesville Volunteer Fire Co.

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Some passing motorists stopped, pulled Hunter out of the car and began administering first aid, Helmick said.

Kenny Lemaster, chief deputy of the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department, said he believes the crash caused a power outage in the area.

Deputy R. L. Steerman Jr. said it appeared that Hunter fell asleep while driving home from work. He said there were no skid marks at the scene.

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