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Driver of car killed in accident

July 17, 2007|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

WASHINGTON COUNTY - A man was killed Monday after the car he was driving veered off Sharpsburg Pike and flipped several times, a Maryland State Police trooper said.

Police identified the man as Joseph Allen Ryan, 30, of Fairplay.

The crash happened shortly before 7:30 p.m. near Fairplay, south of Hagerstown.

Trooper 1st Class David Ward said witnesses riding behind Ryan saw the car, going south, speed away from a red light on Sharpsburg Pike at Md. 68.

As the witnesses got closer, "when they were over the hill, they saw the dust" of where the car left the road, Ward said.

Ward said Ryan was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the 2004 Dodge Neon he was driving. Ryan was riding alone.

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A mangled red car could be seen at the edge of a wooded area off to the west, far from a tarp covering what appeared to be a body in a field.

Ward said there were tire marks on the road, but they weren't skid marks.

The car flipped at least four times as it traveled about 340 feet from the point it left the road to the point where it stopped, he said.

Police said Ryan was pronounced dead at the scene.

Traffic continued on Sharpsburg Pike as police and emergency officials tended to the accident scene. At about 9:30 p.m., traffic was briefly halted while the crumpled car was loaded onto a flatbed truck.

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