Pa. man struck, killed by pickup as he was standing at his mailbox

April 21, 1999|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

An 87-year-old Pennsylvania man retrieving mail from his mailbox only yards north of the Maryland line near Lineboro was struck Monday by a pickup truck and died a short time later, Pennsylvania State Police said.

John Kuchtiak of Glen Rock, Pa., was taken by helicopter to a trauma center in York, Pa., where he died soon after the 4: 14 p.m. accident.

According to Pennsylvania troopers, a 1986 Chevrolet pickup truck driven by Steven C. McElrath, 55, of Brodbecks, Pa., was traveling west on Glenville Road east of Black Rock Road when the driver said he was blinded by the setting sun.

The truck driver braked and swerved when he saw Kuchtiak, but was unable to avoid striking the man, who was standing in the road in front of his mailbox.

The investigation is continuing. No charges have been filed, a Pennsylvania State Police spokeswoman said yesterday.

The victim is the father-in-law of Vicki Kuchtiak, a secretary in Westminster at Change Inc., which promotes independent living of adults with developmental disabilities, a spokeswoman at Change said yesterday.

Pub Date: 4/21/99

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