2017-08-16 / Front Page

Local man killed in Slanesville accident

West Virginia State Police in Romney are investigating a fatal auto accident in Hampshire County that claimed the life of a Berkeley Springs man in the early morning hours of Monday, August 14.

Police said Benjamin Griffith, 25, of Berkeley Springs died at the scene of the accident.

According to a press release from Trooper First Class J.D. Carson, police were called out to a crash on Route 29 near Slanesville at 4:20 a.m. on Monday.

Trooper Carson found a Chevrolet Colorado in the northbound lane and a black Toyota off the east edge of the roadway.

According to police, the Toyota, driven by Griffith, had been heading south and traveled left of center, into the oncoming path of the northbound Chevrolet.

The driver of the Chevrolet, Wesley Groves, 27, of Augusta, was transported to Winchester Medical Center for treatment of his injuries. Griffith was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said they believe alcohol was a factor in the crash.

Augusta, Romney and Slanesville Rescue Squads responded to the scene. Augusta and Slanesville Fire Departments also responded. Medical Examiner Charles King was also notified and responded to McKee Funeral Home.

Trooper Carson of the Romney Detachment continues to investigate the crash.

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