Motorcyclist dies in U.S. 30 crash

August 24, 2004|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. - A father of three was killed late Sunday when the motorcycle he was driving ran up an embankment and struck a culvert, throwing him off the machine and onto the roadway, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Paul Fickes, 34, of 2104 Black Gap Road, Fayetteville, was driving west on U.S. 30 about a quarter-mile east of Pa. 233 near the Adams County line shortly after 10 p.m. when the accident occurred, according to Jeffrey R. Conner, Franklin County coroner.

Conner said he pronounced Fickes dead at the scene at 11:07 p.m. He listed the cause of death as multiple blunt force trauma to the head and chest.


Fickes was not wearing a helmet, police said.

He worked as an installer with Perry Fence Co. in Fayetteville.

He was a social member of Hume, McNeal, Byers AMVETS Post 224 in Chambersburg, Pa., and a member of the South Mountain Fish and Game Club.

Family members could not be reached Monday.

"They are a very private, close-knit family," said Harold Sites, who said he and Fickes were close friends.

Sites said he and Fickes worked for the fence company for about three years until Sites left. "I got him his job there," Sites said.

He said he also helped Fickes become a social member of the AMVETS club.

Sites said Fickes liked to hunt deer. "He loved his motorcycle," he said.

Sites said he last saw Fickes at the AMVETS on Aug. 14. "I was supposed to stop by to see him, but I never did," he said.

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