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Driver in fatal crash indicted in W.Va.

January 17, 2008|By DAVE McMILLION

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

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

Morris was sought by police following 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 which was struck, Cynthia Hose, 39, of Harpers Ferry, W.Va., later died at Inova Fairfax Hospital, Tiong said.

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

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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