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Head-on crash kills man

Richard Smith, 28, was believed to have died instantly when his For Thunderbird struck a tree trunk.

Richard Smith, 28, was believed to have died instantly when his For Thunderbird struck a tree trunk.

December 23, 2002|by RICHARD BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

GREENCASTLE - A 28-year-old Greencastle man was killed early Friday morning when his car ran off the road and struck a tree trunk in a field off Guitner Road, Pennsylvania State Police in Chambersburg said.

The victim was identified as Richard Smith, 28, of 3871 Grosh Drive.

Although the crash was not discovered until daylight, Smith was believed to have died instantly, said Kenneth L. Peiffer Jr., deputy coroner for Franklin County.

Smith was alone in the car and was not wearing a seatbelt, state police said.

Peiffer said workers building a new home nearby discovered the crash. The call to state police came in at 7 a.m. Police were unsure of the exact time of the accident.

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According to police, Smith was southbound in the 6700 block of Guitner Road about 500 feet from its intersection with Stonebridge Road. His 1988 Ford Thunderbird left the west side of the road, went into the field and struck the tree trunk head-on, police said.

Smith's brother, Mark E. Smith of St. Thomas, Pa., said his brother lived quietly.

His hobbies were playing pool and fishing, Mark Smith said.

Richard Smith worked as a mason for Ralph Tolbert Masonry in Chambersburg.

He served in the Marine Corps for four years, including assignments in Japan, his brother said. He was a 1992 graduate of Chambersburg Area Senior High School.

Smith will be buried Monday with military honors in Norland Cemetery in Chambersburg.

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