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Pa. man killed in single-car wreck in Antrim

January 12, 1999|By DON AINES

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - A Mercersburg, Pa., man died early Monday when he was thrown from his car in a one-vehicle accident in Antrim Township, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

James Reed Reesor, 21, of 12071 Buchanan Trail West, was pronounced dead at the scene at 4:55 a.m. by Franklin County Coroner Kenneth L. Peiffer Jr.

Peiffer said Reesor died of massive head injuries.

The police report said the accident happened at 3:20 a.m.

Reesor was driving east on Buchanan Trail West about 200 feet west of Hill Road when he lost control of the 1991 Ford Escort.

The car ran off the north side of the road, hit several small objects, rolled over and came to rest in the parking lot of the Hillcrest Drive-In Restaurant, 2753 Buchanan Trail West.

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Peiffer said it appeared Reesor was traveling at high speed when he lost control and the vehicle overturned more than once. He was not wearing a seatbelt.

The victim's mother, Mary Reesor, said on Monday her son had attended school in the Greencastle-Antrim School District.

He had been working at the John Wayne Truck Wash in Greencastle for about five months, she said.

"There was nobody like him. He could make you laugh on the dreariest day," she said. "He was fun-loving. He loved life."

Peiffer said no autopsy was performed, but toxicological tests are being done.

Reesor's death was the second traffic fatality of 1999 in Franklin County. Russell Dolsay, 81, of Waynesboro, Pa., was killed on Thursday when he was struck by a car while crossing a street near his home.

Arrangements are by the Miller-Grove Funeral Home, Greencastle.

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