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Coroner says driver swerved to avoid an oncoming car

February 08, 1999|By DON AINES

NEW FRANKLIN, Pa. - A Chambersburg, Pa., man was killed and four children injured in a Saturday night accident under investigation by the Pennsylvania State Police.

Randy L. Kaiser Sr., 38, of 15108 Wayne Road, was pronounced dead at Chambersburg Hospital following the 7:15 p.m. accident at the intersection of Pa. 316 and Grindstone Hill Road in Guilford Township, the police report said.

Randy Kaiser Jr., 16, and Robert Kaiser, 14, both of Chambersburg, were in stable condition Sunday afternoon at Chambersburg Hospital, according to a nursing supervisor. Ryan Kaiser, 10, of Chambersburg, had been discharged.

Another passenger in the 1994 Ford Explorer, Chris Bicklehault, 15, address unavailable, had been treated and released from the hospital, the nursing supervisor said.

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The police report said Randy Kaiser Sr. was driving north when the vehicle ran off the road and struck a tree. He was not wearing a seatbelt.

While the police report said only Kaiser's vehicle crashed, Franklin County Coroner Kenneth L. Peiffer said two other vehicles were involved in causing the crash.

"There were two cars going south. ... Someone tried to pass and forced him off the road in a no passing zone at an intersection," Peiffer said.

The police report had no information on the other vehicles.

An autopsy was performed Sunday at Lehigh Valley Medical Center in Allentown, Pa., according to Chief Deputy Coroner Jeffrey R. Conner. He said Kaiser died of severe chest injuries.

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