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Pa. woman killed in crash was known as 'giving person'

March 18, 2004|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

MCCONNELSBURG - Rebecca H. Doyle was heading home Tuesday morning after taking care of one of her cerebral palsy patients when her sport utility vehicle slid on snow-covered U.S. 522 and struck a tractor-trailer.

She was pronounced dead at the scene following the head-on collision, Darryl E. Heckman, Fulton County coroner, said Wednesday.

The accident occurred around 9:20 a.m. about one-quarter of a mile north of Burnt Cabins in Dublin Township, police said.

Doyle was driving south in her 1993 Chevrolet S-10 Blazer when she lost control on the snow-covered road, Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg said. Her vehicle slid 30 feet up the northbound lane after the impact, police said.

The cause of death was listed by Heckman as blunt-force trauma. Doyle was wearing a seat belt.

The driver of the 1995 Freightliner, which received major damage, was identified as John F. Thomas, 44, of Baltimore.

Doyle, 45, worked as a personal care attendant for United Cerebral Palsy of the Southern Allegheny Region based in Johnstown, Pa., said Natalie Ricilli, director of the UCP office. She cared for people with cerebral palsy in their homes, Ricilli said.

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The Southern Allegheny Region covers five counties, including Fulton, Ricilli said.

Doyle's family could not be reached Wednesday.

The Rev. Wilson Boyd, pastor of Fair Ridge Assembly of God Church in Shade Gap, Pa., which Doyle attended, said her death was a shock to church members.

Boyd remembered her as being a warm, friendly person who everyone liked to be around.

"She was vibrant, a breath of fresh air. This has come as a terrible shock to the ladies of the church," he said.

Boyd said Doyle used to like to ride her Harley-Davidson motorcycle until she sold it to help pay for her daughter's wedding.

"She was a very giving person," he said.

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