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Death of N.J. man killed in Interstate 81crash ruled a suicide

June 14, 2007|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The death of a New Jersey man killed in a car crash Wednesday morning on Interstate 81 has been ruled a suicide by Franklin County Coroner Jeffrey R. Conner.

"He threatened to take his life several hours before the incident," Conner said of the 33-year-old Phillipsburg, N.J., man, who was pronounced dead at 1:30 a.m. in the emergency room of Chambersburg Hospital. The man made the suicide threat while still in New Jersey, Conner said, but he did not have details on why the man wanted to take his own life.

Pennsylvania State Police said the man was injured in a 12:45 a.m. crash at the southbound weigh station in Guilford Township, Pa. The man was driving a 2002 Kia station wagon that went off the road and struck the rear of a tractor-trailer that was parked on the highway berm, police said.

Police said the man was not wearing a seat belt. Conner said the man died of multiple blunt force trauma. No autopsy will be performed, Conner said.

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The unidentified occupant of the truck was not injured, police said.

A telephone message to the Phillipsburg Police Department was not returned.

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