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W.Va. teen killed in pickup accident

December 11, 2006|by DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. - A 14-year-old Harpers Ferry, W.Va., girl was killed early Sunday when the pickup truck in which she was riding went left of center on Mission Road, struck an embankment and landed on its passenger side, police said.

Samantha Staubs died in the crash that occurred about 12:30 a.m. on the Blue Ridge Mountain, West Virginia State Police Trooper J.M. Bush said.

Staubs was one of four teenage girls in a 1997 Chevrolet truck that was reported stolen from a house on Beamer Lane off Charles Town Road, Bush said.

Two girls were riding in front of the truck and two others were in a passenger section of the extended cab, Bush said.

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It was not clear who was driving the truck, Bush said. All of the girls were from Harpers Ferry, Bush said.

One of the occupants, a 13-year-old, was flown to Inova Fairfax (Va.) Hospital, and her condition was stable Sunday afternoon, Bush said. The other girls, a 15-year-old and a 14-year-old, were treated and released from Jefferson Memorial Hospital, Bush said.

Bush said the owner of the truck discovered that his truck was missing at 5 a.m. Sunday. They keys were left in it, Bush said.

The crash was still being investigated Sunday, Bush said.

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