Jefferson County crash claims life of driver

passenger is injured

July 20, 2011|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD |
  • A 1998 Jeep Cherokee lies on its side after striking a utility pole Tuesday night. The driver died and a passenger was injured.
Photo courtesy of Jefferson County Deputy Sgt. Robert Sell

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. — A Harpers Ferry, W.Va., man died and a Manassas, Va., woman was injured Tuesday night after their vehicle crashed in Jefferson County, W.Va., police said.

Jeffrey D. Beamer, who turned 37 on Tuesday, was pronounced dead at an area hospital after the crash happened on Chestnut Hill Road in the area of Pine Trail and Blue Jay Lane, Jefferson County Sheriff's Deputy Sgt. Robert Sell said in a news release.

Passenger Tammy M. Hockman, 41, was taken to a hospital for treatment of leg injuries after the crash, Sell said.

Beamer, of 84 Heavenwood Lane, was thrown from the 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee, which overturned after it struck a utility pole and then struck another pole on the other side of the road, Sell said.

Both Hockman and Beamer were found next to the vehicle when police, fire and emergency officials reached the site of the crash, which was reported at 10:14 p.m., Sell said.

Police determined that the vehicle was southbound on Chestnut Hill Road when it went off the right side of the roadway and began to travel along an embankment and ditch that parallels the road, Sell said.

The Jeep, which was registered to Hockman, then struck the utility pole, which caused the vehicle to turn back onto the road, where it began to roll.

The vehicle overturned, crossed the center line and went off the left side of the road, where it struck another utility pole on the driver's side, Sell said.

The impact caused the vehicle to land on the other side of the pole and on the driver's side, he said.

Police determined speed was a contributing factor in the accident based on the amount of gouge marks and the space between them that the vehicle made in the roadway, Sell said when asked about contributing causes of the crash.

Alcohol also was deemed to be a factor in the crash after police spoke with witnesses, Sell said.

Jefferson County Sheriff's Deputy Cpl. V.H.A. Tiong responded to the crash along with units from Blue Ridge Mountain Fire Co., Friendship Fire Co., Jefferson County Emergency Services and Neersville (Va.) Fire & Rescue in Loudoun County, Va., Sell said.

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