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W.Va. woman critical after Christmas Day crash

December 26, 2007|By DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. ? A 64-year-old Charles Town woman was in critical condition Wednesday night at Inova Fairfax (Va.) Hospital after the car she was driving Christmas Day went over a 20-foot embankment along W.Va. 9 west of Charles Town and landed on its top, police said.

It was unclear how long Letitia Ellerbeck had been in the wrecked Saturn SCI, said Cpl. Dustin Tabler of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department.

A passer-by saw lights from a vehicle, looked over the embankment and saw the vehicle on its top, Tabler said.

Police were notified of the crash at 5:20 p.m.

Police believe the car went off the right side of the road, struck a tree, overturned and came to rest on its roof, Tabler said.

The crash occurred about a half-mile west of Border Road, Tabler said.

Doctors said Ellerbeck suffered extensive head trauma, Tabler said.

Ellerbeck was taken to Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Ranson, W.Va., then flown to Inova Fairfax Hospital, Tabler said.

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