The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

April 26, 2013

Paint Twp. officer dead after off-duty all-terrain crash


Associated Press

WINDBER — A southwestern Pennsylvania police officer has died from head injuries suffered in an off-duty all-terrain vehicle crash.

The Cambria County coroner says 43-year-old William Gephart died Thursday evening at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown, where he has been treated since the crash on April 13.

The (Somerset) Daily American reports Gephart was an officer in Paint Township, near Windber, about 65 miles east of Pittsburgh.

Authorities say he was riding the ATV with his young son when they were thrown from the vehicle after sideswiping a tree near the family's cottage in New Paris.

Gephart wasn't wearing a helmet, but his son was and the boy was treated for his injuries and released that night.