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Pa. motorcyclist killed in crash

July 05, 2006|by CANDICE BOSELY

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. - A 28-year-old Pennsylvania man was killed Monday night when his motorcycle collided with a pickup truck that was turning left into a parking lot in Southampton Township, according to police.

Donald Sluyter Jr., 28, of Shippensburg, was pronounced dead as medics were taking him by ambulance to Chambersburg (Pa.) Hospital, said Pennsylvania State Police Trooper H. Gonglik.

Police said the collision happened around 9:45 p.m. as Sluyter was heading east on South Fayette Street in Shippensburg. His motorcycle hit a pickup truck being driven by Shawn P. Marvich, 27, of Waynesboro, Pa., Gonglik said.

The driver of the pickup truck was turning left into a Food Lion parking lot when he collided with the motorcycle, police said. Marvich told police that he did not see or hear the motorcycle.

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"He didn't know until he hit it," Gonglik said.

Marvich stopped his 1995 Toyota pickup truck after hitting the motorcycle and a passenger in his truck alerted authorities, Gonglik said.

She said that Sluyter, who was wearing a certified helmet, had a permit to operate a motorcycle. Motorcycle operators must drive with a permit for a certain period of time and meet certain requirements before being issued a full license, Gonglik said.

Sluyter was thrown from the motorcycle, a 2000 Yamaha, Gonglik said.

Neither Marvich nor his passenger was injured and Marvich was wearing his seat belt, Gonglik said.

The collision remains under investigation by Gonglik and Pennsylvania State Police Trooper S. Majocka.

South Fayette Street was closed for several hours. Members of the Shippensburg Volunteer Fire Department and EMS squad assisted at the scene.

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