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Fatal Pedestrian Accident on Lemar Road

A tragic accident occurred on Lemar Road in Peters Township, Franklin County, on the evening of May 23, 2024, resulting in the death of a pedestrian. The incident involved a collision between a vehicle and a pedestrian around 21:12 hours.

The driver, identified as Anthony B. Smith, 55, of Mercersburg, PA, was operating a 2018 General Motors Corporation Sierra in the northbound lane of Lemar Road (State Route 3007) when the accident happened. According to the Pennsylvania State Police report, Mr. Smith struck the pedestrian, John W. Stottlemyer, 77, also from Mercersburg, who was facing oncoming traffic in the northbound lane of the same road.

Mr. Stottlemyer sustained fatal injuries as a result of the impact and was pronounced dead at the scene. He was not using any non-motorist safety equipment at the time of the accident. Mr. Smith, who was using safety equipment including a lap and shoulder belt, was not injured.

No additional injuries were reported in the incident, and no other vehicles were involved. The police have documented the accident, and the investigation is ongoing. No charges have been reported as of now.

The Pennsylvania State Police urge anyone who witnessed the accident or has further information to come forward to assist with the ongoing investigation.


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