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Deputy: Speed a factor in crash that killed Jefferson County man

June 28, 2011|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Speed was a contributing factor in a car crash on Keyes Ferry Road that left a 19-year-old Jefferson County man dead and injured at least two others, Jefferson County Sheriff's Deputy Sgt. Ron Fletcher said Tuesday.

Christopher Saunders was pronounced dead at a Virginia hospital Monday morning, hours after the accident happened late Sunday night or early Monday, Fletcher said.

A fourth passenger refused treatment after the crash, which happened near 911 Keyes Ferry Road, Fletcher said.

Saunders was driving the 2000 Subaru at a high rate of speed, "hill hopping," when he apparently lost control of the four-door vehicle, Fletcher said.

The car went off the left side of the road into a fence line and one of the posts apparently went through the windshield and struck Saunders in the chest, Fletcher said.

The crash wiped out 20 to 30 feet of fence, Fletcher said.

Saunders managed to get out of the vehicle and then walked between 100 and 200 yards to a residence in Demory Farms subdivision for help, Fletcher said.

The vehicle, which was totaled, actually belonged to a 17-year-old male passenger who was flown from the scene to Winchester Medical Center where he was being treated for internal injuries, Fletcher said.

A female and a male passenger, both 18, also were riding in the vehicle with Saunders, Fletcher said. The passengers also are residents of Jefferson County, Fletcher said.

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