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Man remembered as good father, devoted husband

June 28, 2005|by DON AINES

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. - The daughter of a man killed Sunday when his motorcycle collided with a car has been released from Hershey (Pa.) Medical Center.

Erika Ditch, 15, of 7522 Anthony Highway, Waynesboro, Pa., was released late Sunday, according to her mother, Benita Ditch.

"That's helping us get through this. At least she made it," Benita Ditch said Monday. "She just has a lot of bruises and brush burn."

Roger L. Ditch, 43, died Sunday at Hershey Medical Center of injuries he sustained in the 11:50 a.m. crash in front of Henicle's Market, 7798 Lincoln Way East, according to Pennsylvania State Police. He was riding a 1995 Honda motorcycle east with Erika as a passenger when, police said, a 2004 Chevrolet sedan driven by Marie Brookens, 79, of Fayetteville, pulled onto the road.

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The motorcycle struck the left front door of the car, police said.

Brookens was taken to York (Pa.) Hospital following the crash and was in satisfactory condition Monday, a hospital spokeswoman said. Her passenger, Sterling Brookens, 80, of Fayetteville was treated at Chambersburg Hospital and released Sunday, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

"He was a very good father and a very devoted husband," said Benita Ditch, Roger Ditch's wife of more than 21 years. "He was an avid collector of cuckoo clocks and Hess trucks and he loved to ride his motorcycle."

She said her husband was a night supervisor at Super Fresh in Frederick, Md., and had been with the company 27 years, during which he had also worked at stores in Waynesboro, Hanover, Pa., and Enola, Pa.

"He started out as a bagger at 16 with A&P" and stayed with the company when it became Super Fresh, she said. "He wanted to get his 30 years in."

"We're going to miss him very much," his wife said.

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