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Charles Town teen killed, man injured in crash

Teen had been pizza delivery driver for less than a week

January 23, 2012|By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com

RANSON, W.Va. — Washington High School student James Fletcher had been working as a pizza delivery driver for less than a week before he was killed on the job Sunday near Ranson, W.Va., his former employer said.

“He was making a delivery,” said Alfredo Maya, owner of Brothers Pizza 2 on South Mildred Street in Ranson. “He was a nice, quiet kid.”

He said Fletcher recently worked as a dishwasher at The Mediterranean Cafe in Charles Town, W.Va., another restaurant owned by Maya. But Fletcher left there to work with his father, who manages the pizza shop.

Fletcher, 17, of Charles Town, died after the Ford Escort he was driving collided head-on with another vehicle at about 7:15 p.m., Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department Chief of Staff Jesse Jones said Monday morning.

Representatives at Jefferson County Schools on Monday verified that Fletcher attended Washington High School in Charles Town. They said grief counselors would be made available to students there.

Jones said Fletcher and the driver of the other vehicle, Merle Johnson, 64, also of Charles Town, were taken to Jefferson Memorial Hospital. Two helicopters were called to the scene, Jones said, but they never arrived because of bad weather.

Jones said Johnson was transferred to another hospital in Virginia. He said he didn’t know the name of the hospital, but the last he heard, Johnson was in stable condition.

Johnson was driving an Oldsmobile Alero west in the 8000 block of Summit Point Road when his vehicle went left of center and into the path of Fletcher’s eastbound Ford, Jones said.

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