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Motorcyclist, driver identified in fatal crash in Berkeley County

August 21, 2013

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday identified the drivers involved in a fatal collision between a motorcycle and tractor-trailer that occurred Tuesday evening in the Bunker Hill, W.Va., area.

The driver of the motorcycle was identified in a news release as Lyall Richard Cates, 44, of Winchester, Va.

He was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, which was reported at 6:59 p.m. in the vicinity of Goldmiller and Runnymeade roads.

The driver of the rig was identified in the release as Charles Gilliam of Duffield, Va., who did not have any apparent injuries.

The sheriff’s office said the motorcycle was westbound on Runnymeade Road when it failed to stay in its lane on a sharp curve and entered the path of the eastbound tractor-trailer.

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Anyone with information about the crash is asked to contact the sheriff’s office at 304-267-7000 or Berkeley County Crime Solvers at 304-267-4999.

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