Blue Ridge Summit man dies of injuries following 3-vehicle crash

Robert Gividen was pronounced dead Sunday at Meritus Medical Center near Hagerstown

August 15, 2011|By JENNIFER FITCH |

BLUE RIDGE SUMMIT, Pa. — A Blue Ridge Summit man died of injuries suffered in three-vehicle collision at the intersection of Pa. 16 and Monterey Lane Sunday, Washington Township, Pa., police said in a news release Monday morning.

Robert Gividen, 80, of 14586 Buena Vista Road, was pronounced dead Sunday at Meritus Medical Center near Hagerstown, police said.

Police said Gividen was driving a 2001 Suzuki Grand Vitara north on Monterey Lane. He entered the intersection at the same time as a 2005 Ford F-650 armored truck driven by Steven Bordlemay of Shillington, Pa., and owned by Garda Atlantic Inc., police said.

Gividen's sport utility vehicle was hit broadside by the armored truck at about 9 a.m. Sunday, then both vehicles spun around, police said.

The truck tipped on top of a 1997 Honda Accord driven by Catherine Bodin of Emmitsburg, Md., police said.

Police said Bodin was transported to Meritus Medical Center. A hospital spokeswoman said Monday she did not have any information about the woman's condition.

Gividen left Summit Plaza Restaurant, where he ate breakfast daily, and was driving to his Presbyterian church when the accident occurred, according to his friend, Glen Nelson.

Nelson said he had planned to visit Gividen on Sunday night.

"The last thing he said to me was, 'I'll leave the door open,'" said Nelson, who lives in Prince George's County, Md.

Gividen, who retired from the U.S. Air Force, enjoyed traveling with his wife, Shirley, now deceased, and fishing, Nelson said. After retirement, Gividen lived a laid-back existence and spent his afternoons watching television shows like "Gunsmoke" and "Bonanza," he said.

Gividen's usual choices at Summit Plaza Restaurant were three eggs over easy, bacon, toast and coffee.

"When he arrived to eat, he didn't even have to order," Nelson said.

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