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Victim in W.Va. 9 crash was Kearneysville man

November 18, 2006|by MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - The identity of a Jefferson County, W.Va., man killed Thursday night in a three-vehicle accident on W.Va. 9 was released Friday by S.D. Myers, a deputy with the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department.

Michael John Mowatt, 47, of 85 Megan St. in Kearneysville, W.Va., was identified as the victim after family members vacationing in Naples, Fla., were contacted, Myers said.

Mowatt was westbound on a mo-ped when it crossed the center line of W.Va. 9 just west of Douglas Grove Road and struck an eastbound van about 8:30 p.m., police said.

The impact killed Mowatt and caused that van to cross into the westbound lane and collide with another van head-on, police said.

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An adult and three juveniles traveling in one van were treated for minor injuries at City Hospital in Martinsburg and later released, Myers said. The driver of the other van also was not seriously injured, police said.

Neither van driver is expected to be cited in the accident, and their names were not released by Myers.

Several witnesses told police the mo-ped was traveling at a slow speed and weaving on and off the edge of the road, according to a press release from Sgt. W.A. Johnson.

"Witnesses reported the (mo-ped) was holding up westbound traffic and vehicles were going around him across the Opequon (Creek) Bridge and up the hill toward Martinsburg," according to the release.

With the road closed for about two hours, motorists were detoured to Grapevine Road and Needy Road by personnel with the Sheriff's Department Reserves and Baker Heights Volunteer Fire Department.

A disruption in Verizon landline telephone service delayed efforts to clear the accident scene, police said.

"We had to do everything by radios," Myers said.

Anyone with information about the accident may call the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department at 304-267-7000.

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