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Man, teen killed in separate accidents

April 02, 2007|From staff reports

TRI-STATE - A Rippon, W.Va., man and a 16-year-old Middletown (Md.) High School student died as the result of accidents on area roads Saturday night.

Alfred Carlton Johnson, 85, died Sunday morning at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Va., according to West Virginia State Police spokesman Trooper R.D. Eshbaugh.

The girl, identified as Rylee Keeney by her grandfather Sunday night, died at the scene of an accident on Boonsboro Mountain Road.

The girl lost control of an Oldsmobile station wagon, traveled up an embankment and struck a utility pole near Gilardi Road about 8:50 p.m., police said.

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Police said speed appeared to have been a factor in the crash.

Eshbaugh said the car that Johnson was driving west on W.Va. 51 near Inwood collided head-on with a 1997 Dodge Ram pickup truck driven by Michael Dwayne Rickel, 40, of 73 Merlin Drive in Inwood.

The accident occurred about 8 p.m. near Pocono Drive, east of the intersection of W.Va. 51 and U.S. 11, Eshbaugh said.

Rickel was taken to Winchester (Va.) Medical Center for injuries that were not life-threatening, Eshbaugh said.

Johnson and Rickel were cut from the wreckage, and W.Va. 51 was closed for about 1 1/2 hours, Eshbaugh said.

The crash was the third fatal accident in the Eastern Panhandle in two days.

On Friday, at 7:24 a.m., Jay Eugene Crews Jr., 31, of Inwood, died when the 1987 Acura he was driving collided head-on with a dump truck on Sulphur Springs Road near Inwood, police said.

Police said they believe Crews might have been blinded by sunlight when the crash occurred.

On Friday night, Michael Lee Wolfe, 37, of Harpers Ferry, W.Va., died after his motorcycle ran off Mission Road in the Shannondale, W.Va., area in Jefferson County and struck a road sign and a boat anchor, police said.

Staff writers Dave McMillion and Karen Hanna contributed to this story.

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