Two men die in separate Pa. wrecks

September 23, 2002|by STACEY DANZUSO

Two men were killed in separate single-vehicle accidents in Franklin County over the weekend.

Travis Glenn Westurn, 23, of 13707 Blairs Valley Road, Clear Spring, was pronounced dead at 1:45 a.m. Sunday, Franklin County Coroner Jeffrey Conner said.

Westurn lost control of his 1985 Toyota Corolla while negotiating a bend on Blairs Valley Road, about 1 1/2 miles north of the Maryland-Pennsylvania state line in Montgomery Township, Pennsylvania State Police said.

The car traveled off the road and struck a tree around 10:30 p.m., police said.

Westurn was not wearing a seat belt, police said.

The cause of death was multiple blunt force trauma, Conner said.

Westurn attended Clear Spring High School and recently began working at Progressive Logistics in Greencastle, Pa., said Westurn's mother, Ruth Westurn.


He enjoyed playing volleyball, horseshoes and croquet, Ruth Westurn said.

"He had a heart as big as gold," she said. "He was very, very lovable and just couldn't do enough for people."

Westurn is survived by his parents, Glenn and Ruth Westurn; and a sister, Deneese Myers.

"He just liked having fun with his family," Ruth Westurn said.

Thompson Funeral Home in Clear Spring is handling funeral arrangements, which were incomplete Sunday.

Just before 11 p.m. Friday, Michael Eugene Hess, 27, of 9196 Gap Road, Waynesboro, Pa., was killed when he lost control of his 2002 Dodge Neon in the 8000 block of Tomstown Road in Quincy Township, state police said.

Hess was eastbound on Tomstown Road when he lost control of the car, causing it to hit an embankment and overturn several times. He was ejected from the vehicle, police said.

He was pronounced dead at the scene of multiple blunt force trauma, Conner said.

A boy who was in the car was treated for minor injuries, police said.

The accident is still under investigation, police said.

Hess was a 1994 graduate of Waynesboro Area High School and worked at NVR in Thurmont, Md., as a fabricator, said his mother, Beverly Stouffer Hess.

"Hunting and fishing were his interests," she said.

He is survived by his parents, Donald and Beverly Hess; and a 1-year-old son, Dylan Hess.

Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home in Waynesboro is handling funeral arrangements.

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