Rock, pole, gas meter struck in fatal Thomasville-area crash

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch

A Gettysburg-area man was killed when his SUV crashed into a rock, a utility pole and a gas meter along Route 30 in Jackson Township.

Richard Keefer, 60, of Kinsey Drive in Cumberland Township, Adams County, died of blunt-force head trauma he suffered in the crash, according to York County Coroner Pam Gay.

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He was pronounced dead at 2:12 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, at York Hospital, Gay said.

The crash happened about 1:30 p.m. Thursday in the 4800 block of Lincoln Highway West (Route 30), according to Northern York County Regional Police. That block is between South Salem Church and Bowman roads.

Police said Keefer was driving a Nissan SUV eastbound when it went off the road for unknown reasons.

The SUV hit a large rock, a utility pole and a gas meter before stopping, police said.

Keefer was found unconscious inside the SUV and was taken to York Hospital, where he died, according to police.

Was driving safely: Police said witnesses reported that Keefer was driving "in a safe and prudent manner" before the crash and that he didn't appear to speed up or try to brake.

"It doesn't appear he had any defensive reaction after the first impact," said Northern Regional Lt. David Lash, which seems to indicate Keefer didn't merely fall asleep. 

Gay said it's possible a medical problem caused Keefer to crash. But she noted it was the head trauma that led to his death.

No other vehicles were involved, and Keefer had no passengers.

Route 30 was closed for nearly three hours until crews could clear the crash scene, Lash said.

A Columbia Gas crew was called to the scene to shut off service to the damaged gas meter, which was leaking, the lieutenant said.

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call Northern Regional Police's tip line at 717-467-TELL (8355), or email your information to tips@nycrpd.

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