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W.Va. woman charged in fatal motorcycle crash waives right to hearing

September 07, 2010
  • Jessica Nicole Faircloth
West Virginia Regional Jail & Correctional Facility Authority,

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A Berkeley County woman charged in the accident that killed a 51-year-old man riding a motorcycle in a July 15 head-on collision waived her right to a preliminary hearing in magistrate court on Tuesday.

Jessica Nicole Faircloth, 21, was charged with driving under the influence with death after the Honda Accord she was driving crossed the center line on W.Va. 45 and collided with a 2008 Triumph driven by David E. Kessel, who died at the crash scene, according to police and court records.

The state's case against Faircloth is now bound over to circuit court, where the Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney's office can present evidence to a grand jury.

After the crash, Faircloth tested positive for having benzodiazepine, cannabinoid and opiates in her blood, police have said.

Police have said that Faircloth indicated she was distracted by a dropped cigarette before the collision and didn't remember anything else, according to court records.


Kessel, of Spring Mills, W.Va., a farm loan manager with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency's office in Martinsburg, was on his way to a dairy farm to count cattle that were going to be milked, his wife said the day after the accident.

Faircloth remains in Eastern Regional Jail, according to jail records.

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