2 Pa. men killed in accident near Ocean City

July 05, 2007|By DON AINES


Two Waynesboro, Pa., men who were traveling to Ocean City, Md., were killed Wednesday morning in a two-vehicle crash that involved a third Waynesboro man, according to Maryland State Police in Worcester County.

Nathaniel Ross Kesselring, 22, of 6557 Furnace Road, and Joseph Adam Costlow, 20, of 8036 Lofty Heights Drive, died in the 4 a.m. crash on U.S. 50 in Worcester County, police said.

Police said Costlow and Kesselring were eastbound on U.S. 50 when the 1990 Honda CRX they were in went off the road and struck a tree in the median. Costlow was thrown from the car and onto the road, where he was run over by an eastbound 2006 Ford Escape driven by Joshua Croteau, 19, also of Waynesboro, police said.


Police found the body of Kesselring in the back seat of the Honda, police said. It was not known whether Kesselring or Costlow was driving the car, police said.

Both men were pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Police spokesman 1st Sgt. Russell Newell told the Associated Press that Croteau did not know Kesselring or Costlow.

Kesselring was going to visit his girlfriend, Nicole Smith of Waynesboro, in Ocean City, said the man's grandfather, Clifford Kesselring Jr. of Mont Alto, Pa.

"He was a jolly, outgoing young man," Clifford Kesselring Jr. said of his grandson. "He loved to hunt and fish."

Kesselring also enjoyed working on cars, according to his obituary from Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home in Waynesboro.

He attended Waynesboro Area Senior High School and worked for Lehman's Carpet Cleaning Inc. in Chambersburg, Pa., his grandfather said. Kesselring and Costlow had been friends for years, he said.

Costlow was a 2005 graduate of Waynesboro Area Senior High School and worked with one of his brothers at Costlow Consulting LLC in Waynesboro, according to his obituary from Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home.

He also enjoyed working on his art and drawing, according to the obituary.

"He drew all the time. He loved to draw," sister Katie Costlow said of her older brother. "He wasn't disliked by anybody. He always had a joke to tell. He was a funny guy."

Police said the bodies of Kesselring and Costlow were taken to the state Medical Examiner's Office for autopsies and the accident was under investigation.

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