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Shippensburg motorcyclist killed after striking deer

September 26, 2008

GETTYSBURG, Pa. - A Shippensburg, Pa., man was killed Thursday when the motorcycle he was riding struck a deer on Shippensburg Road in Menallen Township, according to Pennsylvania State Police in Adams County.

Walter T. Eichelberger, 60, of 155 Fogelsanger Road, was on Shippensburg Road at about 7 p.m. when the 2006 Honda Rebel he was riding struck a deer running across the road, police said. The motorcycle then struck an embankment, police said.

Eichelberger was wearing a helmet, police said.

Eichelberger was an Air Force veteran and had retired after 24 years of service with the Pennsylvania Air National Guard, where he was as a pilot with the 193rd Special Operations Wing, according to his obituary.

An avid hunter and soccer enthusiast, Eichelberger was a PIAA soccer referee. He was returning home after officiating a game in Gettysburg, Pa., when the accident occurred, according to an e-mail from a family friend.

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Survivors include his wife, Judy, and sons Benjamin and Nicholas Eichelberger, all of Shippensburg, according to the obituary from the Fogelsanger-Bricker Funeral Home in Shippensburg.

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