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W.Va. man critically hurt in July 3 collision remains in coma

Richard 'Tex' Lee has been treated for head trauma and a broken elbow

August 13, 2010|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- A 63-year-old Charles Town man who was critically injured July 3 in a head-on collision on Middleway Pike remains in a coma at Winchester (Va.) Medical Center, according to friends of the family.

Richard "Tex" Lee was driving a vehicle that was struck head-on by a vehicle driven by Tyler Heflin, 20, of Charles Town, W.Va., according to West Virginia State Police 1st Sgt. W.J. Scott.

Heflin was cited for traveling left of center, Scott said.

"It appears Heflin fell asleep for a brief moment, crossed the center and struck Lee's vehicle head on," Scott said in an email.

The crash was reported just before 4 p.m. near Darke Lane in Kearneysville, W.Va.

No alcohol or drugs were suspected, Scott said.

Lee and his wife, Carol, 53, were on their way to a picnic when the accident occurred, according to longtime friend Debbie Bremen.

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Lee's wife, who also was hospitalized, has since been released, but she is still "real sore," Breeden said of her friend of 30 years. Lee's husband has been treated for head trauma and a broken elbow, Breeden said.

Riding with Heflin were three juveniles and Tavance Hosby, 20, all of whom were taken to Jefferson Memorial Hospital or Winchester Medical Center for treatment, according to Scott.

Scott said he believes only Lee remained hospitalized as of Friday. Winchester Medical Center does not release the medical conditions of patients.

Breeden said fundraisers were held last weekend in support of the Lees, including a boot drive and bake sale and she they are having drawings for donated items, including two West Virginia blankets. Breeden said they have raised over $2,500 for the Lees.

Individuals who wish to make a contribution can contact Breeden at Athey's Hair Designers at 130 Patrick Henry Way in Charles Town at 304-725-0069.

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