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Martinsburg man charged in August double fatality on I-81

September 29, 2008|By DAVE McMILLION

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A Martinsburg man has been charged with two counts of DUI causing death and other drunken-driving related charges following a three-vehicle accident on Aug. 14 on Interstate 81 in which an Orange County, Va., couple was killed, a West Virginia State Police spokesman said Sunday.

Troy Bean, who also was charged with second offense driving under the influence and driving on a revoked license for DUI, was being held in the Eastern Regional Jail Sunday night on $65,100 bond, said jail officials and state police.

Howard Diamond, 80, and his wife, Nancy A. Diamond, 70, of Locust Grove, Va., were traveling south on I-81 when their vehicle was struck head-on by a Ford F-150 pickup truck, police said.

The Diamonds were pronounced dead at the scene of the collision, which occurred at about 9 a.m. between exits 14 (Dry Run Road) and 16 (W.Va. 9), police said.

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Bean, 40, of Gant Drive, was driving the Ford F-150 north on I-81 when the truck sideswiped a Nissan Altima and crossed the median, striking the Diamonds' Ford Focus station wagon, police said.

The force of the F-150's collision with the Altima forced both vehicles into the southbound lanes, but the car came to rest in a lane closed for construction, police said. The truck continued moving until it collided head-on with the station wagon, police said.

Southbound traffic on I-81 was detoured to exit 16 for at least two hours because of the accident, police said.

Bean was flown from City Hospital to Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Va., for treatment of injuries he suffered, police said.

Bean has completed his medical treatment and on Saturday, he was returned to Berkeley County on state police warrants for the charges against him, Sgt. T.C. Kearns said.

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