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Crash victim remembered as community volunteer, 'true gentleman'

June 20, 2012|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Washington Township, Pa., police on Wednesday released the identity of a Waynesboro man who died after a Tuesday afternoon vehicle collision on Pa. 16 near Stoneham’s Motorsports.

Matthew B. Lamer Jr., of 728 Golden Spring Drive, was pronounced dead at Waynesboro Hospital following the crash, police said in a news release.

The driver of the other vehicle, Darl L. Helfrick, of 11498 Hades Church Road, Greencastle, Pa., was transported to Waynesboro Hospital and later flown to Hershey (Pa.) Medical Center, police said.

Helfrick was listed in good condition at Hershey Medical Center on Wednesday afternoon, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Police said Lamer was driving a 2009 Honda east on Pa. 16 when it drifted across the center line and westbound lane. It crossed into the shoulder, where it hit the front of Helfrick’s 2004 Chevrolet.

Police did not release the ages of the men involved in the accident.

Lamer, who was in the U.S. Air Force during World War II, served 20 years on the Blue Ridge Summit (Pa.) Free Library board of directors.

He also was a longtime coach and volunteer assistant with many of the sports programs in the Waynesboro Area School District since the early 1980s.

“He was a true gentleman,” said Nancy Bert, the library’s branch manager.

Bert described Lamer as “wonderfully helpful,” well organized and universally liked.

“He will be truly missed,” she said. “He was a dear, dear man.”

Bert’s personal journals from the past five decades include many references to Lamer.

“A lot of the pages include his name and the things he did for us,” she said.

Both vehicles were towed from the scene of the collision.

The same area was the site of a fatal crash on June 6.

Claude Wickers, 83, of 201 Fairview Ave. was driving a red 1998 Volkswagen Cabrio involved in that three-vehicle accident. Wickers died in the crash.

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