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Frederick man killed when car goes airborne into building

June 01, 2011|By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. — A Frederick, Md., man died early Wednesday when the car he was driving  missed a curve in the road and apparently went airborne into a building, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department.

Deputies reported seeing Ryan Thomas Andre, 24, pulled off on the side of the road and asleep at about 1 a.m., some five hours before he was found at the crash scene, Chief of Staff Jesse Jones said.

He seemed fine at that time, Jones said.

At about 6:20 a.m., Andre was found inside a wrecked Mazda3, Sgt. Shan Sell said.

Andre had been traveling south on Bloomery Road when his car crashed into a building that is believed to be owned by Potomac Edison, according to Sell and Jones.

Bloomery Road curves to the right at the building, and Andre’s car went straight, Sell said.

“It (the car) impacted dead on into that building,” said Sell, noting that it appeared the car was airborne when it hit the structure.

The car also hit a chainlink fence around the building, pinning the fence against the structure when it struck it, Sell said. The car then bounced back from the building.

Andre was pronounced dead at the scene, Sell said.

There was no indication that the car’s brakes were applied or that the wheels were turned, Sell said. He estimated that the car could have been traveling about 55 mph to 60 mph.

There was no indication that drugs or alcohol were factors in the crash, Sell said.

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