Teenage boy 2nd to die in W.Va. crash

October 30, 2007|By DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. - A 17-year-old boy on Monday became the second person to die from a two-car crash Sunday night on W.Va. 9 on Blue Ridge Mountain.

The boy was a passenger in a Honda CRX that skidded sideways and collided with an oncoming van about a quarter-mile west of Mission Road at 7:53 p.m. Sunday, according to officials with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department.

The boy, whose name was not released, died at 1:30 p.m. at Inova Fairfax (Va.) Hospital, Lt. Dave Colbert said.

The driver of the Honda, William Lee Piper, 20, of Berryville, Va., died in the crash, deputies said.

Piper, who was traveling east, lost control of his car and it began to fishtail, Cpl. Steve Holz said.

Piper's car skidded sideways and collided with a van being driven by Van Marsceau, 47, of Shenandoah Junction, W.Va., Holz said.

Marsceau suffered minor injuries, Holz said.


Marsceau's wife, Janet, was taken to Jefferson Memorial Hospital, Holz said. There was concern about internal injuries that Janet Marsceau might have suffered, and officials were preparing to fly her to another hospital Sunday night, Holz said.

The Marsceau's had a young son in the van who was not injured, Holz said.

Colbert said it appears that Piper, who had family members living in the area, might have been passing improperly when the crash occurred.

Piper and the 17-year-old boy were not related, but were friends, Holz said.

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