Terrible news coming from Pennsylvania this week, as a fatal accident near the town of Waynesboro, near the Maryland border as 5 individuals, four of them motorcycle riders, died in a collision with an SUV.
Douglas Hoffer Jr., 32, of Quarryville; Colleen Nesbitt, 27, of Gap along with David Russell, 67, and Michelle Russell, 53, both of Mount Joy were the riders who perished in the crash.
The motorcycle crash took place the afternoon of October 19th as the riders took their two motorcycles southbound on Fort Ritchie Access Road, through south central Pennsylvania—about 70 miles southwest of the state capital Harrisburg, PA. A northbound SUV collided head on with the motorcycle ridden by Hoffer and Nesbitt. The effects of the initial collision sent the SUV spinning and while doing so the vehicle was broadsided by the Russell’s bikes according to Franklin County coroner Jeffery Conner.
The horrific scene afterwards left the four riders, as well as 68 year old Marjorie Smith, a passenger in the SUV, dead by the time the authorities reached the area near the Maryland border.
The incident was described as “probably the worst single accident with that many fatalities in the township,” by Washington Township Supervisor Elaine Gladhill and other witnesses called the scene “horrific”. Grief counsellors were on hand to help the EMTs and other emergency workers deal with the effects of being witness to the aftermath such a tragedy.
Despite the carnage, authorities will not comment on charges that could be laid, or what they believe caused the accident until a thorough investigation has been completed.
As riders everywhere will no doubt mourn for the victims of this tragic event, take a moment to say a prayer for the families of those involved and remember to ride safely where ever you roam.
Whatever you do, be safe out there.
Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys®