Motorcycle crash kills driver

EAST FREEDOM – Police said a man on a motorcycle was killed Tuesday afternoon after running a red light along Dunnings Highway and colliding with a burgundy SUV.

The victim, whose name has not been released, was traveling south on Dunnings Highway when the collision occurred, police said. Despite witness accounts to the contrary, police said the man had been wearing a helmet.

According to police, a burgundy SUV was attempting to cross Dunnings Highway from Freedom Street when the accident occurred, having been waved across the intersection by a driver in a white truck on Johnstown Road, which was trying to turn onto the highway’s northbound lane.

“It appears that the motorcycle operator failed to yield at the red light,” said Freedom Township Patrolman Ray Benton, causing the crash.

According to witnesses, police and emergency medical personnel arrived quickly and performed CPR on the victim, who died at the scene. Benton said the drivers of both vehicles refused medical treatment.

Dunnings Highway was blocked from Municipal Road to the Johnstown Road intersection for more than an hour, with Freedom Township Volunteer Fire Department officials diverting traffic onto Everett Road.

One lane of traffic was reopened about 3 p.m., but closed again temporarily while the victim’s body was transported from the scene.

Benton said the highway was to remain blocked off until the motorcycle and SUV were towed until a little after 4 p.m.

Roaring Spring police, AMED and Hollidaysburg American Legion Ambulance Service were on scene.

Mirror Staff Writer Kelly Cernetich is at 946-7520.