W.Va. woman dies from crash injuries

October 24, 2007|By DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A woman who was injured Sept. 20 in a car crash on U.S. 340 when a driver who had "opiates" in his system struck the rear of her car near the Halltown Road intersection has died, a Jefferson County Sheriff's Department spokesman said Tuesday.

Cynthia Hose, 39, of Harpers Ferry, W.Va., died Monday at Inova Fairfax Hospital, Cpl. Vincent Tiong said.

The driver of the car who struck Hose's vehicle was intoxicated and laughed about the crash, Tiong said.

Tiong said he obtained a search warrant for the driver's medical records from Jefferson Memorial Hospital the night of the accident and determined he was intoxicated. The driver also tested positive for "opiates," Tiong said.

Opiates are a derivative of narcotics, Tiong said.

Tiong said police can detain suspected drunken drivers but sometimes it is better to wait on the results of toxicology reports from a hospital on suspected drunken drivers because those records provide a better case against the individuals.


The driver has since left the area and authorities are searching for him, Tiong said.

Hose's boyfriend, David Weiss, 40, of Harpers Ferry, was a passenger in the car, Tiong said.

Weiss was treated and released from Inova Fairfax Hospital

Hose had turned onto U.S. 340 about 9 p.m. on Sept. 20 and was gaining speed when her car was struck from behind by a southbound white Nissan traveling at a high rate of speed, Tiong said.

Weiss, a Jefferson County government maintenance employee, was able to get out of the car but Hose had to be cut from the wreckage by rescue crews, Tiong said.

When Tiong arrived at the scene, he was told that the occupants of the white car were attempting to leave and they were found on a hillside near their car.

Tiong said he could smell a strong odor of alcohol on the breath of the driver of the white car. The driver began to laugh and Tiong asked the man what was funny, Tiong said in his crash report.

The man responded that "the accident was funny," Tiong's report said.

Two boxes of beer were found in the car along with a beer can on the floor board on the driver's side, Tiong said in his report.

A passenger in the white car, Tammie L. Green-Morris, 48, of 28 Walnut Grove, Charles Town, was charged with permitting DUI and her case is pending, Tiong said. Tiong said in his report that he obtained medical records for Green-Morris and determined that she was intoxicated the night of the accident and had cocaine in her system.

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