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Driver from triple-fatality recovering in hospital

April 26, 2000|By RICHARD BELISLE

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - The driver of a pickup truck hit head-on Tuesday in a two-vehicle crash that killed three area men, including two half-brothers, was listed in satisfactory condition at York (Pa.) Hospital Wednesday evening, a spokeswoman there said.

Dwight Leer, 23, of Smithsburg, was taken to York from Chambersburg (Pa.) Hospital after the 7:40 a.m. crash on Leitersburg Road. He declined to comment from his hospital bed Wednesday.

Christopher Wiles, 30, of Waynesboro, and Paul Logsdon, 31, of Greencastle, died in the crash, Pennsylvania State Police said. Wiles was driving and Logsdon was a passenger in the front seat of the 1984 Chrysler New Yorker, according to police.

Cory Johnson, 17, of Greencastle, who was riding in the back seat, was pronounced dead at Washington County Hospital at about 6:30 p.m.

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Police said Wiles was legally intoxicated with a blood-alcohol level above 0.10 percent.

Jeffrey R. Conner, coroner for Franklin County, said investigators won't know exactly how high Wiles' blood-alcohol count was at the time of the crash until all reports are in, probably in two to three weeks.

According to police, Wiles' car was eastbound on Leitersburg Road about one-quarter mile west of the intersection with Bemisderfer Road when it crossed the center line and hit Leer's 1995 Ford F-150 pickup head-on.

The pickup was towing a compact car at the time of the crash.

The speed limit on that section of Leitersburg Road is 55 mph. The section of road where the accident occurred is straight.

An investigation into the cause of the accident was continuing Wednesday.

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