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Victim in fatal crash was mother of two

November 03, 2006|by DON AINES

ST. THOMAS, PA. - The wife of a Chambersburg, Pa., physician and mother of two was identified Thursday by Pennsylvania State Police as the woman who died as a result of injuries she received in a Wednesday evening crash on Warm Spring Road.

Kim L. Yurek, 49, of 6453 Valley Camp Road, Greencastle, Pa., was pronounced dead at Chambersburg Hospital an hour after the 6:08 p.m. crash on Warm Spring Road in St. Thomas Township, Franklin County Coroner Jeffrey R. Conner said. She died of multiple blunt force trauma to the head and chest, he said.

No autopsy will be performed, Conner said.

"She attended our church, she was in our choir," said Frank Stearn of St. Thomas, who attends Trinity Episcopal Church in Chambersburg with the Yureks. Kim Yurek was the wife of Dr. Mark F. Yurek, who has a family practice in Chambersburg, he said.

"She had a wonderful voice. They're just a nice family. It's heartbreaking," said Stearn's wife, Cheryl. The Yureks have two sons, she said.

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Police said Yurek was driving a 2005 Ford Focus south in the 4200 block of Warm Spring Road when, for unknown reasons, the car crossed into the northbound lane and collided with a 2000 Ford Expedition driven by Brian Keith Miller, 36, of Mercersburg, Pa.

Both drivers were wearing seat belts, police said. Miller had minor injuries in the crash, police said.

While the police report did not indicate whether there were any other people in the vehicles, it did state that a child safety seat in the Expedition was in use.

The accident happened about one mile from Yurek's home. Conner said it appeared Yurek's vehicle rolled over after impact, though it was on its wheels when he was at the scene.

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