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W.Va. teen dies in cycle crash

April 26, 2007|by MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - An 18-year-old man who died late Tuesday from injuries he received in the collision of two motorcycles on Trinity Church Road was identified Wednesday as Steven Ray Warner of Gerrardstown, W.Va.

Berkeley County Sheriff's Department Sgt. W.A. Johnson said he was not able to obtain the conditions of two other males injured in the head-on collision.

Johnson identified the males as Timothy Price Jr., believed to be 17 years old, and William W. "Billy" DeHaven Jr., 25, both of Berkeley County. Johnson said one was being treated at Inova Fairfax Hospital and the other was taken to Winchester (Va.) Medical Center.

Warner was taken to City Hospital in Martinsburg, where he was pronounced dead by Berkeley County Medical Examiner David Brining.

"Both bikes were not legal. Neither were registered to be on the road," Johnson said.

A preliminary investigation indicates that speed likely was a factor when the larger of the motorcycles, a street bike, crossed the center line of the road and collided with a dirt bike, Johnson said. The dirt bike did not have tags, and the street bike had West Virginia tags that were not proper and did not belong to the vehicle, Johnson said.

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The accident happened about 8:30 p.m., Johnson said.

Johnson said helmets were found at the scene of the accident, but he could not say whether they were being worn by the riders. One helmet was found attached to one of the bikes, which were totaled, Johnson said.

Warner's mother, Darlene B. Sine, said Wednesday that her son and Price, a cousin, were on their way back to her house off Needmore Road to play pool in the basement. Her son lived there with her and his stepfather, James Sine Sr., she said.

She said Warner was operating the dirt bike and Price was riding on the back.

"He was a country boy. He loved to fish. He loved to hunt and hang out with his friends," Darlene Sine said of her son.

"He was always here helping me while my husband was on the road (working). He would do anything for anybody," she said.

Sine said her son loved to work on cars and was in the process of rebuilding a 1965 Mustang for her.

"Steven always took care of me," she said, describing him as a "dad" to his younger siblings. In addition to his parents and stepfather, he is survived by three brothers, Scott E. Warner, Michael A. Barrett and James R. Sine Jr.

Services will be Monday at 1 p.m. at South Berkeley Chapel in Inwood, W.Va. Burial will be in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Arden.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m.

The Berkeley County Sheriff's Department is asking anyone with information about the accident to call them at 1-304-267-7000 or leave anonymous information with the Berkeley County Crime Solvers at 1-304-267-4999.

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