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Driver told police he 'blacked out' before fatal W.Va. crash

Gerrardstown woman killed, husband injured in single-vehicle accident

April 11, 2013

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A woman who died Wednesday the after vehicle she was riding in crashed on Apple Harvest Drive southwest of Martinsburg was identified as Charm Marie Edwards of Gerrardstown, W.Va., West Virginia State Police said Thursday.

Edwards, 70, was a passenger in a 2000 Ford Explorer that her husband, Bobby Adams, was driving when the crash occurred in the 8000 block of Apple Harvest Drive, troopers said.

The accident was reported at 5:11 p.m., emergency officials had said.

Edwards, who was thrown from the vehicle, was pronounced dead at 5:45 p.m., troopers said.

Adams, who was taken to City Hospital in Martinsburg for treatment, later told troopers that he “blacked out” while driving west on Apple Harvest Drive and did not remember anything until he awoke to a female holding his hand speaking to him, troopers said.

Adams told troopers he had never blacked out while driving before, but had done so at his home in the past, troopers said.

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Witnesses told police that the Ford Explorer’s right tires went off the left edge of the road and then the driver appeared to “overcorrect” and the sport utility vehicle crossed the center line and went off the left side of the road, where it struck a utility pole near a residence, troopers said.

The vehicle became airborne upon striking the pole and flipped over, troopers said.

Adams was wearing a seat belt, troopers said.

The vehicle was being loaded onto a truck about 15 to 20 yards off the road in a residential area while troopers were investigating at the crash site.

Troopers said no homes were struck in the crash. A broken utility pole was lying along the road.

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