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December 22, 2004

Tragedy in Morgantown

Racer X has learned that Jonathan William Hyland, 32, the mechanic for Kevin Windham on the Factory Connection Honda team, committed suicide yesterday just above Mt. Morris, Pennsylvania, after being pulled over by police. Police say Hyland, from Anaheim, California, shot his wife and a man in front of the woman's car about 20 minutes earlier near West Virginia University's administrative building in Morgantown, West Virginia.

Hyland had met Valerie Reed when he was in town for the High Point National a couple years earlier. They were married this summer during a break in the outdoor nationals, and she moved to Anaheim with him. But she and her three children moved back to Morgantown.

According to PiitsburghLive.com: "The shooting occurred shortly before 9 a.m. in a parking lot between a West Virginia University administration building and the Radisson Hotel Complex along the Monongahela River. The woman's companion was shot as he walked toward her vehicle and the woman was shot as she tried to drive away. A child in the vehicle was not injured.

"A short time later, state police in Greene County spotted Hyland's sport utility vehicle traveling north along Interstate 79 near the Kirby exit, 18 miles north of Morgantown, and stopped it at the Waynesburg exit.

"The officers heard a single gunshot as they approached the vehicle and found Hyland dead inside."

Both the woman and the man shot in Morgantown are expected to recover.
 
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