Pa. woman dies in morning crash

September 20, 2006|by JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A 65-year-old woman died Tuesday morning after she was struck by a pickup truck on West Main Street in Waynesboro.

Kyeng Ja Kim, of 519 Pratt Court in Waynesboro, was pronounced dead at Waynesboro Hospital less than 30 minutes after the 7 a.m. accident in front of 42-44 W. Main St., Waynesboro police said.

Police and Franklin County Coroner Jeffrey R. Conner spent several hours attempting to identify Kim, who was carrying a bag of chestnuts but had no identification. Conner said he checked with a Korean church in Washington Township, Pa., and police followed up leads on Korean women in the borough before the manager of Wallace Courts Apartments was able to identify her.

Kim's death was the first vehicular fatality in the Borough of Waynesboro since November 2002, Police Chief Ray Shultz said.

Charles Sanbower of Waynesboro, who was driving the 1999 Dodge Ram that struck Kim, said he just didn't see her, Shultz said. The accident occurred at sunrise.


"At this point, there's no indication speed was a factor," Shultz said.

The posted speed for that section of Pa. 16 is 25 mph.

Police are continuing to investigate the accident, but might not ever know if Kim was in the crosswalk, Shultz said.

Conner listed the cause of death as multiple blunt force trauma to the head and abdomen. He said no autopsy will be performed.

The first block of Pa. 16 west of Center Square was closed for about two hours.

The last pedestrian fatally struck by a vehicle in the borough was at the intersection of South Potomac and Fourth streets in November 1999.

Staff writer Don Aines contributed to this story.

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