Coroner identifies victim in Saturday crash


Garry William Cone, 48, of the 2800 block of Blossom Road in Dover, was killed when his car hit a house in the 2000 block of Church Road, West Manchester Township around 11 p.m. last night, according to the York County Coroner's Office.

Cone, who was driving a Dodge Ram, died of multiple blunt-force trauma, the Coroner's Office said.

The victim was going west on Church Road when his truck went off the road and slid about 75 feet before hitting the house, according to a news release from the West Manchester Township Police Department.

"It's an unfortunate accident," said Karen Melhorn, who lives in the house that Cone hit. Melhorn said she wasn't home at the time of the accident or when police called her this morning around six o'clock to tell her about the crash.

Melhorn, who said she has owned the house since 1981, said she was shocked when she heard of the accident.

The motorist crashed into the side of her house, several yards back from the road, a fact that Melhorn doesn't find too improbable.

"If they come down that hill fast enough and lose control—" she said.

But Melhorn has no idea what caused the crash and doesn't want to speculate.

As for the damage to her home, "It is what it is," she said.

Muddy tire tracks led to the place where the vehicle hit her house. Pieces of blue siding lay scattered on the ground and lace curtains hung in front of Melhorn's dark basement, which the crash exposed.

Nearby houses were temporarily evacuated after the crash caused the gas line into Melhorn's home to rupture, police said.

Police are investigating the crash.

Last night's crash is the second such incident in 24 hours: on Saturday morning, a motorist crashed into a telephone pole and several homes in the 1600 block of Mount Rose Avenue, in Spring Garden Township.

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