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Schools employee dies after Pa. crash

June 05, 2006|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

A longtime Washington County Public Schools employee who was critically injured in a car accident in Fulton County, Pa., on Thursday has died, a school system spokeswoman said this morning.

Spokeswoman Carol Mowen said that Patrick Lynn Miller, the school system's supervisor of instructional technology and library media programs, started working for the district in January 1979.

"He was a valued employee," she said.

Miller previously was a principal at Boonsboro Middle School.

Miller, 51, of Greencastle, Pa., was pronounced dead Sunday of massive head injuries, according to Patricia Ross, the Blair County, Pa., coroner.

Miller lost control of his 2001 Mercedes-Benz coupe Thursday night while heading east on U.S. 30, just west of the U.S. 522 bypass, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

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Going around a "sweeping curve," Miller's car hit a guardrail on the right side of the road and went up and over the guardrail, police said in a news release.

The car continued on top of a steep embankment for several hundred feet, then went down the embankment and flipped over several times, police said.

Miller was thrown from the car. He was not wearing a seat belt, police said.

Miller was flown to the trauma center at Altoona (Pa.) Regional Health System after the accident.

According to Herald-Mail archives, Miller was a media specialist at Smithsburg Middle School for more than 15 years.

He then worked as a media specialist at North Hagerstown High School before taking over as vice principal at Hancock Middle-Senior High School in 1998. He was there for two years, then switched to his principal position in Boonsboro.

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