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Man dies in W.Va. crash

April 15, 2007|By DAVE McMILLION

MARTINSBURG, W.VA.

A 24-year-old Jefferson County man died Sunday after the van he was driving on U.S. 11 in the area of Pikeside, W.Va., went off the road and struck a utility pole, a West Virginia State Police spokesman said.

Stephen Jackson of Summit Point, W.Va., was traveling south in the 4100 block of U.S. 11 near Pikeside Bowl when the vehicle he was driving veered off the road about 2 a.m., Sgt. T.C. Kearns said.

Jackson was taken to City Hospital in Martinsburg, where he was pronounced dead, Kearns said.

A woman who was riding with Jackson in the 1992 Dodge Caravan left the scene and was found at a house, Kearns said. The passenger is not being identified because her age and address were not available Sunday.

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The woman was hurt, but her injuries did not appear to be life-threatening, Kearns said.

Kearns said the woman gave a statement to police in which she said she did not recall the crash. The woman struck her head on part of the car during the crash, Kearns said.

A preliminary investigation shows that alcohol probably was a factor in the crash, Kearns said.

The wreck was the fourth fatal accident in Berkeley and Jefferson counties in a little more than two weeks.

On March 30, Jay Eugene Crews Jr., 31, of Inwood, W.Va., died when the 1987 Acura he was driving struck a dump truck head-on on Sulphur Springs Road in the Inwood area, police said.

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

Later that day, 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.

Alfred Carlton Johnson, 85, of Rippon, W.Va., died April 1 after his westbound car collided with an eastbound pickup truck on W.Va. 51 near Pocono Drive in the Inwood area, police said.

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