Second wreck is fatal for Pa. man

July 08, 1997


Staff Writer, Chambersburg

QUINCY, Pa. - A year after he was seriously injured in a car accident, an 18-year-old Mont Alto man was killed early Tuesday morning when his car struck several trees on Pa. 997, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Thomas "Tommy" Elwood Bakner Jr., 18, of 127 Walnut St., was pronounced dead at Waynesboro Hospital's emergency room after the accident in Quincy Township just north of Mentzer Gap Road, police said.

Bakner was on his way home from a friend's house when the accident occurred about 2:35 a.m., said Lisa Kline, one of his five sisters.


He was still recovering from head injuries from a serious car accident in June 1996 in which he was a passenger in a car that hit a tree, Kline said.

"We almost lost him a year ago," Kline said. "We got him through that, and now this."

Tuesday's accident occurred when Bakner's 1989 Honda CRX, traveling north on Pa. 997, crossed the road, went off the west shoulder and struck a tree, police said.

The car struck two more trees before coming to rest off the west shoulder facing in a northwest direction, police said.

Though police have not officially determined a cause, Kline said they believe Bakner fell asleep.

He was not wearing a seatbelt, police said.

Bakner lived in Waynesboro, Pa., most of his life until moving to Mont Alto in October 1996.

He attended Waynesboro schools where he was involved in sports and was at one time captain of the high school football team, Kline said.

Bakner quit high school but was planning to get his General Equivalency Diploma in the near future, his sister said.

"Tommy was a very good-hearted person," Kline said. "He would do anything for anyone. He had a lot of friends. I hope everyone will remember the good in him."

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