Separate crashes claim two lives

February 05, 2005|by PEPPER BALLARD and ANDREW SCHOTZ

TRI-STATE - A Chambersburg, Pa., boy and a Fort Loudon, Pa., man were killed Friday in separate vehicle crashes.

In Franklin County, Pa., Nathan James Gilbert, 13, of 37 Surrey Drive in Chambersburg, died after a 7:50 a.m. accident on Edenville Road, about one mile east of Sollenberger Road in Hamilton Township, Pa., Pennsylvania State Police said.

In Washington County, Charles H. Timmons, 68, died after a two-car crash on Md. 494 in northern Washington County, Maryland State Police said.

Nathan Gilbert was pronounced dead at Chambersburg Hospital at 8:27 a.m., Franklin County Coroner Jeffrey R. Conner said.

Police said that about 7:50 a.m., a 2001 Ford Explorer was eastbound on Edenville Road when it struck the passenger side of a 1995 Ford Windstar, transporting Nathan, as it crossed the eastbound lane to turn left into a parking lot, according to police.


When the front of the Ford Explorer, driven by Kay M. McBeth, struck the Windstar, police said it rolled onto the driver's side and slid eastward.

McBeth, 44, of 5431 Racetrack Road in Chambersburg, was transported to Chambersburg Hospital, treated for minor injuries and later released, according to police.

When the Windstar was struck, it turned clockwise, was forced in a southeast direction and came to rest facing north on the south side of the road, police said.

The driver of the Windstar, Kathy Gilbert, 46, and 15-year-old Lauren Gilbert, were transported to Chambersburg Hospital and were then flown to Hershey (Pa.) Medical Center for treatment, according to police.

Gilbert was treated at Hershey and released. Lauren Gilbert was listed in serious condition at the hospital Friday night, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The road was closed for nearly six hours while police investigated the accident.

Nathan and those injured in the accident were wearing their seat belts, police said.

Timmons, of 1120 Path Valley Road, was taken to Washington County Hospital, where he died, police said in a news release.

Police said another driver, Hilda Lorraine Price Fiery, made a left turn in front of Timmons and their vehicles collided.

The crash occurred about 9:40 a.m. at Dry Run Road.

Fiery was charged with negligent driving and failure to yield to oncoming traffic while making a left turn, police said.

A passenger in Timmons' car, Lois Helen Seville, 72, also of 1120 Path Valley Road, also was taken to the hospital. She was listed in critical condition Friday night at Washington County Hospital, a spokeswoman said.

Police said Fiery, 81, of 16505 Virginia Ave., No. 243 near Williamsport, the other driver in the crash, also was taken to Washington County Hospital.

Hospital records and the telephone directory list her first name as Lorraine instead of Hilda.

A hospital spokeswoman said Friday night that Fiery was treated at the hospital and released.

Police said Fiery was driving a 2001 Buick LeSabre north on Md. 494, near the Pennsylvania state line, and was wearing a seat belt when the cars crashed.

Timmons, who was southbound on Md. 494 in a 1985 Buick Skylark, was not wearing a seat belt, according to police.

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