Bel Air Marine killed in Pa. car accident was on leave from Iraq

August 06, 2004

Christopher Custer, the 21-year-old Marine lance corporal who was killed in a car crash last weekend in Pennsylvania, had recently returned from Iraq, where he served as a combat engineer, according to information released yesterday by the Marine Corps.

Lt. Clark Carpenter, a public information officer at Camp Lejeune, N.C., where Custer was stationed, said the Bel Air resident was on three weeks' leave, which is typical for Marines returning from duty in Iraq.

According to a Porter Township, Pa., police report, Custer was speeding when his car went out of control about 6:30 Sunday morning, hit a tree and plunged into Pine Creek near where it flows into the Susquehanna River, west of Williamsport. Custer's body was swept away by high water and recovered from the river Wednesday in Jersey Shore, Pa.

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