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Man dies in W.Va. accident

August 17, 2006|by DAVE McMILLION

INWOOD, W.Va. - A man died after the 1997 Dodge Neon he was driving north on Sulphur Springs Road in Berkeley County, W.Va., on Tuesday night flipped onto its top, according to a West Virginia State Police spokesman.

Robert Payne, 25, was pronounced dead at City Hospital in Martinsburg, W.Va., Trooper J.C. Weaver said.

Payne had driven about a mile along Sulphur Springs Road from W.Va. 51 when he approached a turn in the road, Weaver said.

Payne's car went off the western edge of the road, up an embankment and flipped, said Weaver, who received the call about 10:46 p.m.

Payne, who was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown from the car and was in the road when help arrived, Weaver said.

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Weaver said he did not have an address for Payne. Payne had just moved out of his girlfriend's house in Gerrardstown, W.Va., and he had a Clear Brook, Va., address on his driver's license, Weaver said.

It is unclear what caused Payne's car to leave the road, Weaver said. One of Payne's front tires had low air pressure, but it does not appear that had anything to do with the crash, Weaver said.

Payne was the only person in the car, Weaver said.

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