The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

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October 2, 2010

Seward man dies aiding motorist

SEWARD — A local resident lost his life late Friday in a car-pedestrian accident on Route 403 after he had stopped to assist a disabled motorist.

The victim was identified by Indiana County Coroner Michael Baker as Lawrence Raymond Crane of Edgewood Lane. He was 49.

Baker said Crane was attempting to push a Chevrolet Impala out of a small ditch when a southbound Dodge Neon was unable to stop in time to avoid striking the disabled vehicle. The collision spun the Impala around on the roadway, causing it to strike Crane, the coroner said.

The victim was thrown onto a lawn about 60 feet away and was pronounced dead at the scene shortly before 10 p.m.

State police at Indiana are investigating and did not immediately release the names of the drivers.

An autopsy was to be performed on the victim at Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown.

The accident happened in Pine Township about a half mile north of Route 422. 

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