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Md. man indicted for DUI causing death

January 16, 2008|By DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A Maryland man has been indicted for driving under the influence causing death in a fatal two-car crash Sept. 20, 2007, on U.S. 340, according to court records.

Richard Lewis Morris Sr., of 338 Fair Ave. in Westminster, was indicted by a Jefferson County grand jury that convened in Jefferson County Circuit Court this week.

Morris was sought by police after a wreck on U.S. 340 near the Halltown Road intersection north of Charles Town in which a southbound white Nissan struck another car from behind at a high rate of speed, Cpl. Vincent Tiong of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department said previously.

The driver of the car that was struck, Cynthia Hose, 39, of Harpers Ferry, W.Va., later died at Inova Fairfax Hospital, Tiong said.

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A passenger in Hose's car, David Weiss, 40, of Harpers Ferry, was treated and released from Inova Fairfax Hospital, Tiong said.

Tiong said previously that the driver of the white Nissan was intoxicated and laughed about the crash.

Tiong said he later 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, he said.

The indictment stated Morris had driven left of center when the left side of the highway was not free of oncoming traffic and that he switched lanes at a high rate of speed.

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