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Woman enters plea deal in train crash incident

October 02, 2012

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A woman who police say drove a car past railroad crossing gates and was struck by a train in August pleaded guilty Tuesday to two misdemeanor charges in Berkeley County Magistrate Court.

Katie Rose Stone of 154 Gall Drive, Martinsburg, pleaded guilty to reckless driving and contributing to the neglect of a child as part of a plea agreement. One felony count of child neglect creating the risk of injury was dismissed as part of the agreement, according to Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Christopher Quasebarth.

A 90-day jail sentence was suspended and Stone was placed on one year of probation as part of a plea agreement, according to Quasebarth. She also must pay court costs, Quasebarth said.

Stone, now 22, and her husband, Timothy R. Stone, and the then 3-week-old infant were taken to City Hospital in Martinsburg after the Nissan Altima in which they were traveling was struck by a CSX train Aug. 6 at the Tavern Road railroad crossing, police have said.

The baby was not injured, and Stone was treated for minor injuries and released, police said. Her husband, who was ejected from the vehicle, also was treated for various injuries, police said.

Police said Stone indicated that she knew the train was coming because the railroad traffic control arms were down and she could hear the train engine’s horn blowing, according to court documents.

– Matthew Umstead

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