Va. woman, 20, dies in W.Va. crash

February 05, 2007|by DAVE McMILLION

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A 20-year-old Stephenson, Va., woman was killed Saturday night when she was thrown from a car that veered from the southbound lanes on Interstate 81 and struck a concrete drainage ditch and a guardrail, police said.

Laura Nicole Godfrey was pronounced dead at City Hospital, according to a news release from the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department.

Godfrey was an occupant of a 2006 Acura that was traveling south on I-81 between the Tablers Station Road exit and the Winchester Avenue exit about 10:45 p.m., Deputy C.B. Rouse said.

It appears that the driver lost control of the car, which went into the median and began to flip, the release said.

The car hit the drainage ditch and the guardrail, and came to rest in the northbound passing lane, the release said.


Godfrey and another occupant, Brian Wade Arbogast, 22, of Slanesville, W.Va., were thrown from the car, the release said.

Arbogast was flown to Winchester (Va.) Medical Center and was listed in critical condition Saturday night, police said.

Arbogast's condition could not be obtained Sunday night because Winchester Medical Center does not release patient conditions.

Rouse said Sunday night that he could not determine who was driving the car and it is unclear what caused the crash.

Rescue crews worked at the scene for about two hours and the northbound lanes had to be closed, Rouse said.

Anyone with information about the wreck may call the sheriff's department at 304-267-7000.

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