Berryville Woman Dies in Single-Vehicle Accident

A Berryville resident died Wednesday night as a result of injuries sustained in a single-vehicle accident in Frederick County. 40 year old Tara Whetzel Ketron, who lived on Walnut Street in Berryville, died at approximately 11:30PM at Winchester Medical Center.

The accident occurred on Back Mountain Road (Route 614) near Route 50, just north of Route 600. At approximately 10:22 Ketron was heading southbound in her 1995 Isuzu Trooper when her vehicle ran off the right side of the road, sideswiped a tree, and struck a second tree head on. She was transported to Winchester Medical Center where she later died from the injuries she sustained.

Ketron was not wearing a seat belt.

Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash. The accident remains under investigation.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Enders & Shirley Funeral Home in Berryville. See full details in her obituary here.


  1. Sharon Beasley Strickland says:

    Some friends of mine knew this woman and knows how very sad the family is over her death. I lost a loved one in a car accident and if he had worn his seatbelt he would not have died. My cousin always wore a seatbelt (he was a VDOT worker in SW Virginia) but he was tired after visiting his mother at the hospital and he just started driving home. Several miles from home, he hit an ice patch and his truck slid. When it stopped, his passenger door flew open and he slid across the seat and died when his head was caught between the door frame and the door. His neck snapped. One seat belt click and he would have returned home to his wife and two little boys.

    People, please wear your seatbelts. Make them click for all in your car. They do save lives. A police officer once told me that he had never seen a baby hurt yet because babies are required to be belted in.