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Pa. man killed in crash

November 18, 2007|By MARLO BARNHART

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - A Mercersburg man died Friday night in a two-vehicle accident on Mercersburg Road in Peters Township, according to a Pennsylvania State Police press release.

Charles C. Mansir Jr., 57, was southbound in the 3100 block of Mercersburg Road at 11:35 p.m. when his 1991 Ford Probe was struck by a northbound 1991 Mercury Sable, police said.

The driver of the Mercury, Shawn Michael Seville, 18, of Waynesboro, Pa., was trying to retrieve a lighted cigarette from between the car's seats when he drove into the opposing lane and struck Mansir's vehicle, police said.

Mansir, 57, was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. He was wearing a seat belt and his air bag deployed.

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Seville and his passenger, Amber Marie Simpkins, 18, of Greencastle, Pa., both sustained moderate injuries, police said. Simpkins apparently had lighted the cigarette for Seville, then dropped it, police said.

Desiree Dupuis, Mansir's youngest daughter, said her father was a veteran of the Vietnam War as well as the first Gulf War during his 20 years with the U.S. Army.

"He helped protect our country - twice," she said. "He was our everything."

Mansir retired from the Army in 1991 with the rank of staff sergeant. He most recently was employed at the Target Warehouse in Chambersburg, Pa., Dupuis said.

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