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Two killed in Pa. accidents

October 29, 1999|By BRENDAN KIRBY and KERRY LYNN FRALEYs

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Two people died on Franklin County roads Friday, including a 12-year-old girl killed by a hit-and-run driver as she walked to her school bus stop, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Cynthia N. Reed, of 11500 South Mountain Road, near Fayetteville, Pa., was struck between 6:45 a.m. and 7 a.m., police said.

The driver sped away without trying to help, police said.

They later charged Jeffrey Lynn Naugle, 39, of Fayetteville, Pa., with accidents involving death or personal injury, homicide by vehicle, involuntary manslaughter and several traffic violations.

He was being held on $50,000 bond in the Franklin County Prison Friday night, according to state police.

In the second accident, an unknown medical emergency caused Marvin Elwood Henry, 71, of 1024 Warmspring Road, Chambersburg, to drive across U.S. 11 and into the brick front of an unoccupied home, police said.

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He died as a result of multiple injuries from the accident, according to Franklin County Coroner Kenneth L. Peiffer Jr.

In the earlier accident, Cynthia Reed was about halfway to her bus stop two blocks from her home when she was struck on South Mountain Road, said Trooper Angel L. Garcia.

Cynthia had been a seventh grader at Waynesboro Middle School for only about eight weeks, but already had developed close friends and was in the school's accelerated math class, Principal John Krebs said.

"She was a good academic student," he said. "She had a close group of friends who were from her geographic area She was well-liked in that group."

According to police, the girl was walking west on South Mountain Road. An eastbound vehicle struck her about a tenth of a mile east of Carbaugh Road, police said.

"It wasn't like she was walking in the wrong direction It was probably dark at that time," said Asbury.

Anyone who has information about the accident can contact State Police at 717-264-5161.

Krebs said students were unaware of Cynthia's death Friday. Staff members were not notified before the end of the school day. He said the school will be ready Monday with counselors and specially trained teachers to help grieving classmates.

The school last dealt with a similar tragedy in 1992, when a popular student died in an auto accident, Krebs said. He said parents of Reed's close friends should decide whetherto keep their children home on Monday.

"We're hoping that the weekend will help the grieving process," he said.

The second fatal accident occurred at about 3 p.m. in Greene Township.

Henry was in the parking lot of the McDonalds at Norland Shopping Center when a medical emergency caused him to accelerate through a grass field. His car struck a wooden signpost and crossed both lanes of U.S. 11, called Philadelphia Avenue there, according to Trooper Jeremy Matas.

The car entered the yard of Jeffrey and Karen Chilcote, at 2492 Philadelphia Ave., Matas said.

The left front bumper of Henry's 1990 Pontiac Grand Am struck a metal lightpost in the yard, throwing it into the windshield of a 1993 blue Oldsmobile Cutlass parked in the driveway.

Henry's car continued southeast into the yard next door, at 2466 Philadelphia Ave., through some bushes and into a corner of the brick rancher, Matas said.

There were no skid marks, he said.

Henry was pronounced dead at the scene.

No one was inside the home belonging to William Swope, of 115 Walnut Bottom Road, Shippensburg, Pa., Matas said.

No eyewitnesses came forward, he said.

The Chilcotes heard the accident and called authorities.

The car did not go through the wall, Matas said.

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