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Man is killed in W.Va. crash

December 15, 2007|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Berkeley County man who died Thursday night after the vehicle he was driving in heavy fog struck a tree along Back Creek Valley Road did not appear to be wearing a seat belt, police said Friday.

Lewis McIntyre, 24, of 62 Unger Lane near Hedgesville, W.Va., died at the scene of the accident, according to West Virginia State Police.

Investigating Trooper J.S. Chumley said Friday he believed McIntyre was traveling from his home off Cherry Run Road when he wrecked a 1991 black Buick Regal. The accident was reported to emergency dispatchers at 8:46 p.m.

The passenger side of the vehicle struck a tree after leaving the east side of the road about 1 1/2 miles south of the intersection of W.Va. 9 and Back Creek Valley Road, police said. McIntyre appeared to lose control of the vehicle after traveling through a curve, police said.

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The vehicle was totaled, Chumley said.

Troopers K.D. Castle and W.M. Boden, members of the Hedgesville Volunteer Fire Department and EMS personnel responded to the accident scene, police said.

Chumley said fog could have been a factor in the accident, but the officer could not definitely cite other potential causes Friday. The accident remained under investigation.

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