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Pa. woman killed by car

January 06, 1998

Pa. woman killed by car

By RICHARD F. BELISLE

Staff Writer, Waynesboro

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A Waynesboro-area woman who was crossing Wayne Highway after collecting mail from her mailbox was struck by a car and killed Monday afternoon, said Jeffrey R. Conner, chief deputy coroner for Franklin County.

The victim was identified as Ida C. Remmel, 79, of 10748 Wayne Highway.

She was pronounced dead at Waynesboro Hospital at 3:55 p.m., according to the Washington Township Police Department, the agency that investigated the accident.

The driver of the car was John C. Wagaman, 51, of 256 Ringgold St., Waynesboro.

Police on Monday night said the investigation was continuing.

According to Conner, the victim walked down the long lane leading from her farmhouse to the road, crossed the road to the mailbox, got her mail and started walking back across the road toward home.

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When she was about halfway across the road she turned around and started walking back toward the mailbox, Conner said.

She was struck by the right front of Wagaman's car, according to police.

Police said Wagaman saw the woman turn and begin walking back across the road. He slammed on his brakes but could not avoid hitting her, police said.

According to police, Pa. 316, also known as Wayne Highway, is one of the busiest roads in the township. The scene of Monday's accident is at the bottom of a long hill.

Police measured skid marks at the scene following the accident. They extended about 50 feet to the intersection of Prices Church Road. Conner said the woman was dragged the distance.

Remmel's husband, Richard Remmel, was home at the time of the accident, Conner said.

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