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Man dies after hit by pickup truck

May 03, 2007|by JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, PA. - A 93-year-old Waynesboro man killed Tuesday while crossing South Potomac Street became the second pedestrian fatality in the borough in eight months.

Joseph J. Stewart, of Foulger Street, crossed from the west side of the street and into the path of a 1998 Ford pickup truck driven by Robert L. Walker, of North Garfield Street Extended, at 9:50 p.m., Waynesboro police said.

Stewart, who was crossing near Gay Street and not in a crosswalk, was pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of death was multiple blunt force trauma, Franklin County (Pa.) Coroner Jeffrey R. Conner said.

Police were continuing their investigation.

On the morning of Sept. 19, 2006, 65-year-old Kyeng Ja Kim was fatally struck in front of 42/44 W. Main St. Kim, of 519 Pratt Court, would have lived near Stewart.

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Before Kim, the last pedestrian fatality in the borough was in November 1999 at the intersection of South Potomac and Fourth streets, according to published reports.

Borough Engineer Kevin Grubbs said he will be conducting a study this spring in which he will count the number of people using crosswalks. Every crosswalk on Potomac and Main streets will be in the study, he said.

Grubbs said the results will be submitted to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, which provides free yellow signs for the center of high-volume crosswalks.

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