Weekend crashes kill two Pa. men

January 21, 2002

Weekend crashes kill two Pa. men


Two Franklin County, Pa., men were killed over the weekend in separate car crashes.

In the first accident, Ronald Leggett, 54, of 11888 Furnace Road, Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., was traveling westbound on Pa. 16 when he collided head-on with a truck Saturday morning, according to Washington Township Police and Chief Deputy Assistant Coroner Ken Peiffer.

Peiffer said Leggett died instantly from multiple trauma in the 9:35 a.m. accident.

Leggett was on his way to a chiropractor appointment when the accident occurred, said his wife, Kathryn Leggett.

He is survived by three children and three grandchildren, she said.

The Leggetts moved to Franklin County 15 years ago from Toledo, Ohio, for a job opportunity.

Leggett worked as a supervisor of maintenance in the machine shop at Knorr Brake in Westminster, Md., Kathryn Leggett said.

He also loved the outdoors and enjoyed fishing and camping, she said.


Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home in Waynesboro, Pa., is handling the funeral arrangements, which were not complete Sunday night.

In the second accident, a St. Thomas Township, Pa., man on his way home from his bartending job early Sunday morning was killed when his car struck a pole, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Kevin Rhodes, 30, of 7208 Lincoln Way West, died of multiple trauma at the scene, Peiffer said.

Rhodes was driving a Volkswagen coupe west on Edenville Road, just west of Lawyers Road in Hamilton Township, when the car left the traveled portion of the snow-covered roadway and went out of control, police said.

He was unable to regain control of the car and struck a utility pole on the north berm with the driver's side of the car. He was not wearing a seat belt, police said.

Rhodes was returning home from work at the Venice Inn in Hagerstown, where he was a bartender at Reflections night club, when the accident occurred, said Bonnie Wenger, Rhodes' mother.

The club was closed Sunday evening and no one was available for comment.

In addition to his mother, Rhodes is survived by his father, Leslie Rhodes of Melbourne, Fla., one brother, Richard Rhodes of St. Thomas, two grandmothers and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Rhodes, a 1989 graduate of Greencastle-Antrim High School, enjoyed four-wheeling and bicycling, Wenger said.

Kelso-Cornelius Funeral Home is handling funeral arrangements.

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