2008-11-27 / Front Page

18-Year-Old Dies In Head-On Collision

Greencastle man with area ties suffers fatal injuries
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

An 18-year-old Greencastle man with ties to Fulton County suffered fatal injuries early Friday morning when his car collided head-on with an oncoming vehicle along Route 16 near Shady Grove in neighboring Franklin County.

Matthew Alan Moats of 6369 Hager Road was pronounced dead at the scene not long after the 5:13 a.m. collision occurred near the intersection of Long Lane in Antrim Township. According to reports from Franklin County Coroner Jeffrey Conner, an autopsy was tentatively scheduled to determine the cause of Moats' death.

Moats, Pennsylvania State Police in Chambersburg said, was eastbound when his 2004 Dodge Intrepid swerved into the oncoming lane and struck a 2004 Nissan Murano operated by Tabitha May Mc- Donald.

McDonald was flown immediately following the crash to Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown where she received treatment for minor injuries. She was released later in the day.

McDonald, of Waynesboro, was utilizing a seat belt as was passenger Ralph Eugene Doyle, address unavailable. Her second passenger, a 2-year-old girl, was buckled into a rear child passenger seat. Both Doyle and the young girl escaped harm.

Moats was travelling to Johnson Controls Frick in Waynesboro where he was employed as a welder when the accident happened on November 21. He was wearing a seat belt.

In addition to being survived by his 6-month-old daughter, Bailee Thomas, Moats is also survived by fiancee Samantha Thomas of Fort Loudon and various family members. Locally, Moats is survived by maternal grandfather Carl Peck Sr. of Needmore as well as maternal great-grandmother Anna K. Harvey, also of Needmore.

Moats obituary can be found on page B3 of the "News."

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