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Accident victim remembered for his outgoing nature

August 30, 2005|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, PA.

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

A Waynesboro, Pa., man was killed and three other people injured Sunday night in an accident involving two motorcycles and a Jeep on Pa. 316 in Guilford Township, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Scott Clinton Berger, 23, of 15 D S. Oller Ave., was pronounced dead at the scene of the 8:23 p.m. accident by Franklin County Coroner Jeffrey R. Conner. An autopsy is scheduled for today at the Lehigh Valley Medical Center in Allentown, Pa., Conner said.

Berger was wearing a helmet, Conner said.

"He was an all-around, all-American boy," Ronald Berger of Waynesboro said Monday of his son. "He enjoyed being out and about ... not being at home sitting on the couch."

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"He obviously loved to ride his motorcycle," Berger said. His son worked at Twigg Cycles Inc. in Hagerstown.

"If he wasn't selling motorcycles, he was riding them," Berger said.

Police said Scott Berger and a passenger, Lauren Renee Resh, age unavailable, of Hagerstown, were riding a 2003 Yamaha north on Pa. 316 when a 1989 Jeep driven by Lawrence Harry Martin, age and address unavailable, pulled onto the road from a private driveway north of Burkholder Road. The motorcycle struck the driver's side rear fender of the Jeep, throwing Berger and Resh onto the road, police said.

Police said Martin had moderate injuries, but no area hospitals or trauma centers had any information on his condition or whether he was admitted.

Another motorcyclist, William Joel Coyle, age and address unavailable, was riding with Berger, police said. He swerved the Yamaha R6 he was riding to avoid colliding with the Jeep and crashed on the side of the road.

Resh was taken to York (Pa.) Hospital, where she was listed in satisfactory condition Monday, according to a hospital spokeswoman. Police said Coyle had minor injuries and was treated at Chambersburg Hospital and released, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Ronald Berger said his son graduated from Waynesboro Area Senior High School in 2000 and had an associate's degree in computer drafting design from York Technical Institute. He played baseball and soccer in high school and enjoyed hunting and other outdoor activities, the father said.

Resh was Scott Berger's girlfriend, he said. Coyle was a friend of his son, he said.

"Words are difficult to find right now," Berger said. "Every day is precious and you've got to live each one to its fullest."

Conner said Sunday night the accident occurred near the crest of a hill and police had called in an accident reconstruction team to aid the investigation.

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