2013-11-21 / Front Page

Young Man Killed In Car Accident

Vehicle crashes into tree
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

Nathan Dean Nathan Dean NEWS EDITOR

A Fulton County man suffered fatal injuries Sunday evening in a single-vehicle accident along Timber Ridge Road.

Twenty-two-year-old Nathan D. Dean of Big Cove Tannery was pronounced dead at the Thompson Township accident scene by Fulton County Coroner Berley Souders. Cause of death has been linked to blunt force trauma to the head.

Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Ellis Barnett of the McConnellsburg reported Dean was a passenger in a southbound 2006 Mitsubishi Eclipse operated by Christopher E. Hull Jr., 21, also of Big Cove Tannery. The car slid off the roadway not far from Dean’s residence and just 886 feet north of the intersection of Wolf Hollow Road.

According to state police, the driver tried to steer the car back onto the road. However, the Eclipse eventually slid clockwise onto the western berm and into a grassy area where it struck a tree with its driver’s side.

The force of impact with the tree caused the vehicle to bounce back a short distance, police added. The vehicle came to a rest three feet off the road.

Hull and passenger 18-year-old Skylar B. Kroschinski of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., were wearing seat belts and were not injured. Dean was not using a seat belt during the 6:05 p.m. accident.

State police investigators were aided on the scene by the Needmore Volunteer Fire Co.

Dean is a 2010 graduate of the Fulton County Community Christian School and went on to attend and graduate from the auto mechanics program at Commonwealth Technical Institute in Johnstown. Dean leaves behind a large, extended family, including parents Charles and Alleene Dean of McConnellsburg as well as five sisters, three brothers and a nephew. Surviving grandmother is Jessie Dean of Connellsville.

An obituary can be found on page B3 of the “News.”

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