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Victims ID'd in weekend accidents

June 19, 2006|by DAVE McMILLION

MARTINSBURG, W.VA.

An 18-year-old Falling Waters, W.Va., man was killed Saturday after he was thrown from a Ford Mustang convertible that skidded along Ridge Road and ended up in a yard along the road, said a West Virginia State Police spokesman.

Phillip Worden of 374 Foster Drive was pronounced dead at the scene following the 4:03 p.m. wreck, said Sgt. Eric Burnett.

Worden was one of two Berkeley County residents killed Saturday on local roadways.

Earlier in the day, Michael McCarney, 48, of 12605 Apple Harvest Drive, Martinsburg, was killed when the 1991 Toyota 4Runner he was driving north on Interstate 81 went off the highway south of the Spring Mills exit and hit a tree, Burnett said.

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Worden was riding in the back seat of a 1995 Ford Mustang being driven by Justin Bellamy, 17, of 751 Holden Drive, Martinsburg, Burnett said.

Another 17-year-old Martinsburg boy was riding in the car, Burnett said. That boy, whom Burnett declined to identify, was taken to City Hospital. His injuries did not appear to be life-threatening, Burnett said.

Bellamy was driving south on Ridge Road near Crystal Brook Lane when his Mustang, with its top down, began skidding sideways, Burnett said. The car went left of center, off the east edge of the road and through a bush and a flower bed, Burnett said.

The car continued across a driveway and came to rest in a yard at 1008 Ridge Road, Burnett said.

Worden was not wearing a seat belt, Burnett said.

Bellamy had minor injuries, Burnett said.

Worden was a graduate of West Virginia Mountaineer Challenge Academy and was a carpenter with Falconer Design/Build.

Burnett said an accident reconstructionist will examine both wrecks.

McCarney passed two cars on I-81 at about 10:55 a.m. and was moving right when he went off the interstate, Burnett said.

McCarney was declared dead at the scene after striking the tree, Burnett said.

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