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Four victims of fatal accident identified

December 19, 2010|By JENNIFER FITCH and JULIE E. GREENE | waynesboro@herald-mail.com and julieg@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Four Chambersburg residents died and a girl was in critical condition Sunday morning after a car ran off Wayne Avenue in Chambersburg, according to Chambersburg police and the Franklin County coroner.


Felix J. Perez-Cenas, 24; Dorian M. Sanchez-Reyes, 25; Tomas A. Ramirez, 18; and Cecilia M. Ramirez, 22, all died of blunt-force trauma, according to a news release from coroner Jeffrey R. Conner’s office.


A female juvenile, who also was in the car, was flown to Penn State Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pa., where she was in the operating room, in critical condition, as of 10:30 a.m. Sunday, police said.


“It was a very, very bad accident,” Chambersburg Police Chief David J. Arnold said.


No pedestrians were hurt in the accident, Arnold said.


The four people who died were all unrestrained occupants of a 2000 Infiniti that was going west in the 500 block of Wayne Avenue shortly after 2 a.m. Sunday, according to the coroner’s news release. The driver passed another westbound vehicle at a high rate of speed, lost control and ran off the north berm in the 400 block of Wayne Avenue, according to the coroner’s news release.

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The car sheared off a fire hydrant, struck a tree and hit a house, the release states.


The car went through several yards, hit a tree and a porch, police said.


There were tire ruts in more than one yard and the porch that was hit was at 431 Wayne Ave. The accident scene was near Route 5 Fine Gifts, but on the other side of Wayne Avenue.


All of the men in the car were ejected during the accident, the coroner’s release states.


The driver of the car had not been determined Sunday, the coroner’s release states.


With the accident happening around 2 a.m. and there not being a lot of witnesses, Arnold said he expected it to be difficult to piece together what happened. It could take some time to get more details, he said.


The crash was the second in two months on Tri-State area roads in which four people were killed.


On Nov. 6, two teenage girls and a couple in their 70s were killed in a crash on W.Va. 9 near Charles Town, W.Va.

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