Westminster man, 23, killed when forklift overturns

October 20, 1997

A Westminster man was killed yesterday when an overturning forklift struck him in the head as he jumped from the vehicle, state police said.

The victim, Jason Kinser, 23, of the 1800 block of Hughes Shop Road and another man were removing limbs from a dead tree on Kinser's property about 1 p.m. when the accident occurred, police said.

They said Kinser was operating an International Harvester forklift while Ryan Devilbiss, 19, of the 3100 block of Murkle Road in Westminster was standing in a basket attached to the vehicle.

Devilbiss cut a large limb that fell to the ground and ended up leaning against the vehicle, police said. When Kinser tried to back the vehicle up alongside a hill to free the limb, the vehicle overturned to the left, throwing Devilbiss clear but striking Kinser in the head as he jumped to the ground, police said.

Police said Kinser died of head injuries at the scene and Devilbiss was treated for unspecified injuries at Carroll County General Hospital. He was to have been released last night, said a nursing supervisor.

Fire

Westminster: Firefighters responded at 2: 27 p.m. Thursday to a lock-in detail in the 400 block of Stacey Lee Drive. Units were out 20 minutes.

Police

Westminster: A resident of East Green Street told police Wednesday that someone stole property from her vehicle while it was parked at her home. The loss was estimated at $230.

Westminster: A Liberty Street resident told police that a power saw was stolen from his garage between 10 p.m. Monday and 8 a.m. Tuesday. The loss was estimated at $350.

Westminster: A resident of East Main Street told police Wednesday that a pair of glasses and money were stolen from her vehicle while it was parked at her home. The loss was estimated at $240.

Pub Date: 10/20/97

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