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Deaths add to toll on area roads

August 19, 2003|by DON AINES

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

A Fort Loudon, Pa., woman and a Reedsville, Pa., man were killed in separate accidents in Franklin and Fulton counties Sunday, bringing to six the number of weekend traffic fatalities on Tri-State area roads.

Since last Friday, two people died in vehicle accidents in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia and two more died in Washington County.

Dorothy B. Myers, 81, of 5545 Turkey Road was pronounced dead at 9:47 a.m. at the scene of a two-vehicle accident in Mercersburg, Pa., according to Franklin County Coroner Jeffrey R. Conner.

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Mercersburg police investigated the 9:14 a.m. accident, according to Conner. Police did not return calls to provide details of the accident.

Conner said Myers was driving a car west when she entered a curve at the intersection of Pa. 16 and Pa. 75 and collided with another vehicle. Conner said Myers was alone in the car, but he had no information on the driver of the other vehicle.

An autopsy was performed at Lehigh Valley Medical Center Monday morning, Conner said. The cause of death was multiple blunt force trauma.

Brian E. Weiss, 35, was pronounced dead at the scene of a 2:48 p.m. motorcycle accident west of the Franklin County line on U.S. 30, according to Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg, Pa.

Weiss was westbound when he lost control of the motorcycle on a curve, police said. The motorcycle slid off the north side of the road and hit a guardrail. Police said Weiss was wearing a helmet, but his head struck the guardrail post.

Weiss was pronounced dead at the scene by Fulton County Coroner Darryl Heckman, police said.

This was the fifth consecutive weekend in which there has been at least one fatal accident in Franklin County, according to Conner.

Family members said a life of caring for others came to an end when Myers died.

"She loved everything God created," her daughter-in-law Donna Myers said Monday.

Myers was a retired nurse who continued to work with the elderly and handicapped after retirement, according to Douglas Myers, one of her six children. That included one of her own great-grandchildren, whom he said she helped care for during the past 10 years.

"Mother was a registered nurse and worked for Waynesboro (Pa.) Hospital for 25 years," said Donna Myers. She was the charge nurse for day surgery when she retired about 15 years ago.

When she was 73 years old, Donna Myers said, her mother-in-law went on a mission trip to Africa with the Antrim Brethren in Christ Church of Greencastle, Pa. While the missionaries repaired roofs of mission buildings, Myers used her nursing skills to help the local people, she said.

"She was sleeping in tents, sleeping on the ground," Myers said of the three-week journey. "She loved it. She had stories to tell and pictures to show everyone."

In recent years, Myers began to have health problems and she moved in with her son Dennis and Donna Myers. "We said she could move in with us and we'd take care of her," said Donna Myers, who has a disability.

"She said, 'No. I'll move up there and we'll take care of each other,'" Donna said.

When she moved to Fort Loudon, Donna Myers said her mother-in-law did have one request.

"She said all she wanted to do was see a bear. And she did," Donna said.

"If you wanted to sum Mom up in one word it would be Aunt Bea," Donna Myers said of the kindly aunt on "The Andy Griffith Show."

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