Devastating Crash Near Martinsburg

From The Journal:

Family mourns crash victim

Dawnelle Hutzler, 27, died Saturday, and her sister, Sarah, is still in the hospital.

By EDWARD MARSHALL/Journal staff writer

MARTINSBURG —The name of the victim of Saturday’s fatal traffic accident was released Monday by police along with the name of a second woman, her sister who remained in intensive care at a hospital in Virginia.

According to a press release issued early Monday, the victim was identified as Dawnelle Hutzler, 27, of Inwood. The four others injured in the accident were identified as 23-year-old Ricky L. Corbin, of Bunker Hill, Erik W. Arthur, 26, of Kearneysville, a 17-year-old juvenile and 24-year-old Sarah Hutzler, of Bunker Hill.

Sarah Hutzler, the sister of the deceased victim, remains in critical but stable condition at Winchester Medical Center while the others were transported to local hospitals.

The accident happened shortly before 3:24 a.m. in the 1500 block of Hatchery Road in Inwood. According to police the driver of a red Dodge Durango was traveling east when he lost control of the vehicle for unknown reasons and struck a tree. The vehicle caught fire after the crash.

According to police, the investigation into the crash is ongoing, and police say they determined who was driving the vehicle at the time of the accident.

Meanwhile family members are mourning the loss of Dawnelle Hutzler and are asking the public to pray for the recovery of Sarah Hutzler, the mother of a 2-year-old daughter.

“We’re holding up as best as we can. It all came at us so quick,” said the women’s sister, LeeAnn Gates. “We ask that the public pray for Sarah and her little girl. She needs all the prayers she can get right now.”

Dawnelle Hutzler is survived by her parents, as well as her three sisters, two brothers and her 6-year-old son, Marino. She was preceded in death by her daughter, August Angel Star.

“She was a good mother,” Gates said. “She was very bubbly. She was a very bubbly person. She loved to smile a lot and laugh a lot. She’d help anybody that needed help.”

Memorial services for Dawnelle Hutzler are scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Brown Funeral Home South Berkeley Chapel in Inwood. Interment will be private.

Memorial contributions can be made to First United Bank & Trust, c/o Marino K. Britner Education Fund, 100 South Queen St., Martinsburg, WV, 25401.

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