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Crash victim told mother 'I love you' for last time

September 20, 2006|by KAREN HANNA

HALFWAY - According to his mother, Jeremy Wayne Miner was in the habit of ending conversations with the words, "I love you."

On Monday night, as Miner left the house to visit a friend in the hospital, his mother, Barb Warrenfeltz, said he uttered the phrase one last time.

According to a news release from the Washington County Sheriff's Department, Miner, 23, of 10908 Gaywood Drive in Halfway, was pronounced dead at the scene after the vehicle he was driving crashed on North Artizan Street in Williamsport early Tuesday.

"He would never skip an 'I love you' to me. It was something he always said, and when he walked out the door to go to the hospital, he said it, and that was the last time I saw him," Warrenfeltz said Tuesday afternoon.

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Sheriff's deputies responded to the scene of the crash at 12:41 a.m. Tuesday, the release states.

Miner's passenger, Jamie Brooks Hawn, 24, of 9204 Jordan Road in Fairplay, was taken to Washington County Hospital. According to a hospital spokesperson, Hawn was in serious condition Tuesday night.

Miner was an active father, Warrenfeltz said. He is survived by his daughter, Kelsie, of Hagerstown, who turns 4 next month, she said.

"He would just carry on with her, anything she really wanted to do, they did. He was just really involved with her," Warrenfeltz said. The pair enjoyed going to the park and coloring together, and Miner liked to help his daughter take her Barbie Jeep for a spin, she said.

"She played goofy like him. She's got that craziness, that goofiness ... I don't know how I'm going to deal with her when she comes in the house asking for him ... It's going to be hard," Warrenfeltz said.

Miner also was fond of his 10-month-old nephew, said Amy Staley, who is 1 1/2 years older than her brother.

"He was my protector and my agitator. He'd be the first one to slap, but then he'd be the first one to slap someone else for me ... He was my little big brother. He just had a spunk about him that no one else had," said Staley, of Martinsburg, W.Va.

As adults, Staley said she and her brother often talked about their children. Kelsie and Miner spent a lot of time together, she said.

"Their world revolved around each other," she said.

According to Warrenfeltz, Miner, who quit school when he was in the 11th grade, never moved out of the house. She said she never minded. Though he was not working, Miner helped out around the house, and he often fixed things for his grandparents who live next door, Warrenfeltz said.

Miner liked to go hunting with his stepfather, Mike, and stepbrother, Michael, 25, of Fairplay, and he had a lot of friends, Warrenfeltz said. He enjoyed being outdoors, she said.

"He was like a class clown ever since he was young," Warrenfeltz said.

At about 8:30 p.m. the night of the crash, the friend Miner was visiting at the hospital called saying Miner already had left, Warrenfeltz said. She said she does not know what happened after that.

"I'd do anything to have him back right now," she said.

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