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Hagerstown man arraigned in connection with W.Va. accident that killed his brother, paralyzed another man

April 01, 2013|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A Hagerstown man has been arraigned on felony and misdemeanor charges in a fatal vehicle crash in October 2012 that killed his brother and left another man paralyzed.

Timothy Lee Kegarise, 33, of Hagerstown, was arraigned Friday by Berkeley County Magistrate Harry L. Snow on single felony counts of driving under the influence with death and destruction of property, and one misdemeanor count of DUI with injury, according to magistrate court documents.

Kegarise’s brother, Thomas L. Kegarise, also of Hagerstown, died as a result of multiple blunt force trauma in the Oct. 11 crash on Hedgesville Road (W.Va. 9) near Cherry Run Road, according to a complaint filed in magistrate court by West Virginia State Police Trooper M.C. Mason.

In court documents, the trooper said passenger Frank Mason Jr. of Hancock was left paralyzed from the chest down due to his injuries, according to Mason’s wife.

Police said the 2000 Kia Spectra that Timothy Kegarise was driving damaged the south end of a residence at 9082 Hedgesville Road after it left the road and traveled through a fence, according to court documents.

The vehicle, which was eastbound on Hedgesville Road, became airborne after crossing over an embankment, struck the residence and came to rest in the front yard near the driveway, according to court documents.

Kegarise’s blood-alcohol content was determined to be .135, according to court documents. The state legal limit is .08.

Police said Kegarise, who had a leg injury from the crash, indicated they were driving from Mason’s residence in Hancock to a bar in Martinsburg, according to court documents.

One witness told police the driver attempted to leave the scene of the crash, but fell due to an apparent ankle injury, according to court documents.

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