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Altercation leads to accident in Gerrardstown

July 15, 2006

GERRARDSTOWN, W.Va. - A mother and her son were taken Friday night to Winchester (Va.) Medical Center after the Jeep in which they were riding swerved off the road in Gerrardstown, Berkeley County Sheriff's Department Deputy Michael Longerbeam said.

Debra Jean Mullins, 48, and her 16-year-old son were traveling in a Jeep Wrangler east on Apple Harvest Drive, west of Nancy Jack Road, about 7:30 p.m. when an altercation inside the vehicle caused Mullins to swerve the Jeep off the road, Longerbeam said.

Longerbeam said Mullins was taking her son to the hospital, but her son "tried to grab the steering wheel," causing her to swerve off the road and into an embankment, at which point the Jeep rolled onto its passenger side.

Both the mother and son sustained cuts and abrasions, Longerbeam said.

Traffic was tied up for about an hour as a result of the accident, he said.

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