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Pa. man killed in crash described as upbeat and outgoing

June 04, 2008|By JENNIFER FITCH

GREENCASTLE, PA. -- Although Adam G. LaBar's life ended unexpectedly at age 38, his wife said the local businessman's legacy will be forever preserved in his four children and the community as a whole. His laughter remains preserved on the winning entry he filmed for "America's Funniest Home Videos."

LaBar was driving a 2007 Toyota Camry that state police said spun across the median of Interstate 81 near Exit 14 at 7:22 p.m. on Tuesday, May 27. The car collided with a 2000 Chevrolet truck, and LaBar was pronounced dead Sunday at York (Pa.) Hospital.

"He really embraced life and reached out to everyone in this community," said Lisa LaBar, his wife of 14 years.

LaBar recently was announced as a winner on "America's Funniest Home Videos," after he filmed a colleague's reaction to a tarantula.

The LaBars co-owned The Carriage House Hotel, which burned in a 2003 fire in downtown Mercersburg, Pa. The fire revealed a log cabin that had been covered; LaBar and his partner, Toby Fries, donated the historic structure to the town.

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LaBar, Toyota sales manager at Fitzgerald Auto Mall, opened Jerry's Subs and Pizza in Chambersburg, Pa., and had another planned in Hagerstown. Lisa LaBar said that her husband's restaurant franchises were his design to spend more time with their children.

"He had a way of walking into a room and making everybody laugh. ... One of his co-workers was here today and he said, 'You never realize how that one person can lift the spirits of the whole dealership,'" Lisa LaBar said.

She described her husband as upbeat and outgoing.

Pennsylvania State Police said LaBar was southbound on I-81 when he lost control of the car for unknown reasons. LaBar, who was wearing a seat belt, collided with a pickup truck driven by Brendan Hunt, 23, of Burton, W.Va.

Staff writer Don Aines contributed to this story.

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