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Three teens injured in Fisher's Hill wreck

State trooper T.E. Jefferson walks along the scene of this single car crash off U.S. 11 at Fishers Hill on Thursday afternoon. Three passengers were injured in the crash after the vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree and a Fishers Hill Battlefield sign. Rich Cooley/Daily (Buy photo)

By Joe Beck

STRASBURG -- Three people were injured in a one-car crash on U.S. 11 next to the Fisher's Hill Battlefield at about 12:45 p.m. Thursday.

State trooper Tyler E. Jefferson said all three occupants were taken to Winchester Medical Center by ambulance after members of the Shenandoah County Department of Fire and Rescue arrived at the scene in the midst of a steady rain.

Jefferson said rescue workers removed at least one passenger trapped in the car, later identified as a 1993 Honda Civic.

State police Sgt. F.L. (Les) Tyler identified the driver of the car as Hunter A. Peer, 18. The passengers were a 17-year-old male and a 16-year-old female, Tyler said.

Jefferson said the southbound Honda appeared to have left the right side of the road at a speed of 35 or 40 mph, missed a road sign and utility pole, and crashed into a Civil War historical marker and a tree.

"You can see by the tire marks they were going straight," Jefferson said after the crumpled Honda had been loaded on to a wrecker at the scene.

Jefferson said most of the damage to the car appeared to have been caused by the impact with the Civil War sign.

Jefferson said a female passenger appeared to be the most seriously injured of the occupants. She lost consciousness at one point and then revived before being taken to the hospital, he said.

The male passenger had a possible concussion, Jefferson said. The male driver also may have suffered a concussion when his airbag deployed, Jefferson added.

"The damage, it could have been a lot worse," he said.

Tyler said all three occupants were wearing seat belts.

Tyler said Peer was charged with reckless driving.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com

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