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W.Va. woman charged after allegedly backing into man

June 20, 2006

HANCOCK - A 39-year-old Martinsburg, W.Va., woman was charged with driving under the influence and other charges after Maryland State Police said she backed her car twice into a man servicing soda machines Sunday at a Hancock liquor store Sunday.

Dolores Jeane Perseghin, 39, of 100 Janesa Drive, was charged with driving under the influence, negligent driving and improper backing in connection with the 1:20 p.m. incident, Maryland State Police said in a written release.

Police said Perseghin, driving a 1992 Chrysler LeBaron convertible, accelerated when she backed up in the parking lot of Pittmans Liquor Store, at 1 Virginia Ave. in Hancock, and struck the 62-year-old man.

Roy Randolph Pittman was "servicing two Pepsi-Cola vending machines that are located at the far end of the parking lot" when Perseghin backed up and struck Pittman and the machines, police said.

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One machine was knocked into a Verizon telephone booth, according to the release.

Pittman was knocked over a 12-inch-high concrete wall, but Perseghin continued to back "onto and over the wall, striking Pittman a second time. Pittman was knocked clear," the release states.

He was transported to War Memorial Hospital in Berkeley Springs, W.Va., for treatment of the minor injuries he sustained when he was hit, police said. He was later released from the hospital, police said.

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