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Girl killed after pickup lands in gully

May 19, 2009|By DAVE McMILLION

GERRARDSTOWN, W.Va. -- A 10-year-old girl was killed Tuesday afternoon in the Glenwood Forest subdivision off W.Va. 45 when a pickup truck her grandfather was driving went off a road and landed in a gully, according to Berkeley County Sheriff's Department officials.

Neither the girl nor her grandfather were being identified Tuesday night.

Berkeley County Sheriff Kenny Lemaster said he was not sure why the two were not being identified but believes it might have been due to the family being upset over the incident.

Deputies, who were notified about 3:38 p.m., said a small pickup truck went off Possum Hollow Trail and overturned in the gully.

The grandfather received minor injuries and the girl was ejected from the truck, sheriff's officials said.

The girl was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

The crash occurred near the home of at least one of the victims, and family members, friends and neighbors of the family showed up at the scene, police said.

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"It happened right in the neighborhood, so everybody was there. A tragic event," Lemaster said Tuesday night.

Lemaster said it is not clear what caused the girl's grandfather to go off the road and deputies are still investigating the cause of the wreck.

Lemaster said he contacted Berkeley County Schools officials, who believed the girl might have attended a school in Gerrardstown.

A school crisis team will be on standby to help students and staff deal with the girl's death, Lemaster said.

Glenwood Forest is between Gerrardstown and Glengary, W.Va.

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