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Mother shares memories of son killed in Pa. motorcycle crash

July 18, 2007|By JENNIFER FITCH

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - A Mercersburg man killed Tuesday night in a motorcycle accident was taking the bike on a test drive, his mother said Wednesday.

Adam Ficks, 27, of 6911 Pine Road, was an outgoing, giving and funny man with a lifelong compassion for animals, Beverly Ficks said.

The motorcycle struck a guardrail in the 11000 block of Church Hill Road in Peters Township, east of Mercersburg, about 9:30 p.m., according to a Pennsylvania State Police press release.

Ficks, who was pronounced dead at the scene, had been thrown into a ditch, police said.

The 1999 graduate of James Buchanan High School had made many friends while wrestling and playing football and baseball, Beverly Ficks said. Those friends and Ficks' family were calling Wednesday to talk about the man's giving ways, she said.

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"Anytime you said, 'Adam, I need you,' Adam was there," his mother said, saying that he would "give you the shirt off his back."

Ficks developed a keen interest in the Philadelphia Eagles from his father. He enjoyed playing video games and whiffleball with his niece and four nephews, Beverly Ficks said.

"He loved kids," she said. "He always wanted one of his own."

Ficks worked for a decade at Woodward Concrete Finishing Inc. in Lemasters, Pa., partly because he could work outside.

"Adam didn't like to be stuck indoors," Beverly Ficks said. "He liked to be outdoors."

In his free time, Ficks often could be found playing paintball with friends. He had a history of sneaking injured and stray animals into the family house overnight so they could be warm.

"He was always bringing home stray animals," Beverly Ficks said. "If a bird needed to be fixed, he wanted to help them."

She laughed Wednesday at that habit, which often proved frustrating for her.

"He'd hide them from me," she said.

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