Coroner ID's two killed in Newberry Township crash

Rebecca Klar
York Dispatch
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Two men in the backseat of a car died early Saturday in Newberry Township when the vehicle they were riding in struck a tree, according to the York County Coroner's Office.

The men, Ryan Klaiber, 25, and Joseph Stevens, 26, both of Cumberland County, were pronounced dead at the scene, according to the release.

The single-vehicle crash happened in the area of 735 Old Trail Road around 1:45 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1, the coroner's office stated in a news release.

The reported driver was flown to an area hospital, and another passenger was transported to a hospital for treatment; their conditions were unknown, according to the coroner's office. 

A preliminary investigation found the vehicle, a 2017 blue Ford Fusion, was traveling south on Old Trail Road, according to Newberry Township Police.

The driver lost control of the car, and the car crossed over to the northbound lane and struck a  tree, police said in a release. 

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Newberry Township Police is investigating. 

Pennsylvania State Police is reconstructing the crash. 

Deputy Coroner Michele Kirchner and Chief Deputy Coroner Claude Stabley responded to the scene and certified the deaths. 

Autopsies have been scheduled for 10 a.m. and noon Monday, Dec. 3, at Lehigh Valley Hospital.

A GoFundMe page was set up to raise funds for Klaiber and Stevens, as well as Bryan Hammaker who is still hospitalized from injuries according to the page. 

The funds will be split evenly between the three families. 

As of 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, $5,280 had been raised.