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Road was icy at time of fatal crash

March 19, 2002|BY STACEY DANZUSO

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Wet and icy roads may have been factors in several accidents late Sunday afternoon, including one that claimed the life of a Hamilton Township woman, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Michelle Kay Keck, 21, of 8392 Fort McCord Road, was pronounced dead at 5:55 p.m. at Chambersburg Hospital, Franklin County Coroner Jeffrey Conner said.

She died of blunt force trauma to the head and neck, Conner said Monday.

Keck was a passenger in an Eagle Talon driven by Keith Eugene Knoll, 27, of Hamilton Township, police said.

One person remained hospitalized Monday as a result of the 5:16 p.m. accident on Pa. 997, or Cumberland Highway.

The accident occurred when Mary K. Mock, of Marietta, Pa., lost control of her vehicle on a curve less than a mile north of Smith Road in Letterkenny Township, police said.

Mock's 1992 Honda Accord spun to the left and crossed the center line and into the path of the 1992 Eagle Talon driven by Knoll, police said.

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The front end of the Talon collided with the right rear tire area of the Accord, causing major damage to both cars, police said.

Police said the roadway was wet and icy at the time of the accident.

Knoll and a second passenger, Jordan Ray Knoll, 6, were treated at Chambersburg Hospital and released, a hospital spokeswoman said Monday.

Mock, 65, was taken to Chambersburg Hospital and transferred by ambulance to York Hospital, the hospital spokeswoman said. She was listed in satisfactory condition Monday night.

Sleet and freezing rain that began around 4 p.m. Sunday may also have played roles in several other accidents in Franklin County Sunday afternoon, state police said.

- At 4 p.m., Brenda Hill, 38, of Chambersburg, lost control of her 2000 Ford Aerostar on U.S. 30 at Tapeworm Road due to the poor roadway conditions, police said.

Her vehicle slid into a telephone pole, but she was not injured, police said.

- A Shippensburg, Pa., man lost control of his 1994 Honda Civic while northbound on Interstate 81 near mile marker 22 at 4:20, police said.

Carlos Azayas, 49, was not injured when his car hit an embankment, police said.

- Sarah Clark, 18, of Gettysburg, Pa., was traveling north on Pa. 233 in Guilford Township when she lost control of her 1990 Ford Probe and it hit a tree at 4:20 p.m., police said. She complained of neck pain, police said.

- Police said Linda C. Cordell's Dodge Caravan hit an icy patch on Pa. 75 at 5:15 p.m. and ran into a utility pole.

Cordell, 49, of Chambersburg, was not injured, police said.

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