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Hagerstown man indicted in fatal motorcycle crash

Steven Edward Thompson faces three felony counts in the death of Lorena Beth "Lori" Roberts

February 23, 2012|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A Hagerstown man accused of fleeing the scene of a fatal motorcycle crash in April 2011 was indicted on three felony charges Thursday by a Berkeley County grand jury.

Steven Edward Thompson, 45, of 12202 Cedar Crest Ave., is charged with driving under the influence resulting in death, leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death and leaving the scene of an accident involving an unattended vehicle, according to Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neely’s office.

Lorena Beth “Lori” Roberts, 43, of Bunker Hill, W.Va., died April 14, 2011, at the scene of the crash in the 6500 block of Winchester Avenue (U.S. 11), police said.

Roberts was riding on the motorcycle that Thompson was driving south around 11 p.m. when the motorcycle struck a utility pole and the rear of a 1997 Ford F-150 pickup truck near Miss Bobbi’s bar in Darkesville near Inwood, W.Va., police said.

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West Virginia State Police Trooper Matthew Gillmore testified in a preliminary hearing last month that he determined through accident reconstruction that the motorcycle was traveling about 48 mph.

Police testified that Thompson was found a few hundred yards from the crash site in the yard of a residence off Sir Washington Street. With the assistance of a K-9 unit, Thompson was found lying on his back with a motorcycle helmet beside him, Ware said.

Thompson’s blood-alcohol content after the accident was 0.137, police said. The legal limit is 0.08.

Police testified that Thompson admitted that he had drinks and that he fled the scene because he was scared.

Thompson told police he had just picked up Roberts from another bar, police said.

An indictment merely indicates that an individual is believed to have committed the crime.

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