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Man dies while eluding police in Greencastle

December 21, 2007|By DON AINES

GREENCASTLE, PA.

Pennsylvania State Police were investigating a crash Friday in which a Greencastle man was killed while fleeing from borough police.

Terry A. Ebersole II, 22, address unavailable, died in the 1:47 a.m. crash in the 2200 block of Williamson Road, about seven-tenths of a mile north of the borough line, Franklin County Coroner Jeffrey R. Conner said. An autopsy is scheduled today at Lehigh Valley Medical Center in Allentown, Pa., Conner said.

Police said Ebersole was driving a 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier north when he lost control on a curve. The car crossed the southbound lane and went off the west side of the road, striking an embankment and a wooden wall, police said. The car rolled onto its roof and came to rest in the northbound lane, police said.

"He was found underneath the vehicle," Conner said. Ebersole, who Conner said lived in the Greencastle area, was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the car.

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State police did not identify which officer or officers were pursuing Ebersole or why Greencastle police were trying to stop him. The report also did not indicate whether the pursuit was ongoing or had broken off before the crash.

The Greencastle Police Department does not currently have a police chief and Mayor Robert Eberly is in Belize on a mission trip.

"I haven't even talked to a police officer," Ebersole's mother, Tammy Ebersole, said Friday afternoon when asked if she knew what happened befor the crash. She said her son is survived by his father, Terry Ebersole, and a brother and sister.

A 2004 graduate of Greencastle-Antrim High School, Ebersole was a machinist with Castle Machine Co. in Greencastle, his mother said.

"He was a hunter and a fisherman ... He basically lived to hunt and fish," she said of her son. "He liked to spend a lot of time with his friends."

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