Man dies in crash

driver faces charges

October 01, 2005|By Richard F. Belisle


The passenger in a car that struck a parked tractor-trailer on Philadelphia Avenue Friday morning was pronounced dead at Altoona (Pa.) Hospital after being flown there, according to a press release from the Chambersburg Police Department.

The name of the victim, a male, was being withheld by police until relatives could be contacted.

According to police, a 1995 Chrysler LHS sedan driven by Gamaliel Eugenio Escobar-Mendez, of 521 W. Washington St. in Hagerstown, was southbound in the 600 block of Philadelphia Avenue when it struck the rear corner of the truck, a moving van, that was being unloaded.

The Chrysler crossed the street and stopped in front of 666 Philadelphia Ave. Both men were thrown from the car, police said.


Escobar-Mendez was treated at Chambersburg Hospital and later released.

Escobar-Mendez was charged with homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence, accident involving death or personal injury while not properly licensed, involuntary manslaughter and driving under the influence, police said.

Escobar-Mendez was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge David Hawbaker and ordered held at Franklin County Prison, police said.

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