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Hagerstown man's W.Va. trial reset for December

August 23, 2012

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The trial of a Hagerstown man accused of fleeing the scene of a fatal motorcycle crash in April 2011 was rescheduled for Dec. 4 to allow his defense attorney’s expert to obtain and review a police accident reconstruction report.

Steven Edward Thompson, 46, of 12202 Cedar Crest Ave., was indicted by a Berkeley County grand jury in February on charges of 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.

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 operating at about 11 p.m. when the southbound motorcycle struck a utility pole and the rear of a 1997 Ford F-150 pickup truck near Miss Bobbi’s bar in Darkesville, W.Va., police said.

Defense attorney Shawn McDermott told 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge John C. Yoder on Thursday that he had yet to obtain a copy of the reconstruction report prepared by West Virginia State Police so that a defense expert could review it.  

Thompson’s trial originally was scheduled for June, but rescheduled for Sept. 18 after his attorney asked in May for more time to prepare for the case.

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— Matthew Umstead

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