The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

Local News

July 28, 2006

Crash kills owners of Pymatuning Deer Park

VERNON TOWNSHIP, Trumbull County — A Jamestown couple who owned a longtime family attraction were killed Thursday night in a two-vehicle crash in Vernon Township, Trumbull County.

Richard Reigleman, 61, who owned Pymatuning Deer Park in Jamestown with his wife Wanda, 64, was driving north on state Route 5 about 8:30 p.m. when his van was hit by one driven by Amanda Allen, 16, no address given, the Ohio Highway Patrol said Friday.

Miss Allen lost control of her southbound car, which slid left of the center line and hit the Reiglemans van, police said. Reigleman was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency rescue workers, police said.

Mrs. Reigleman was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Warren, Ohio, where she died shortly after being admitted.

Trumbull County Chief Deputy Coroner Dr. Humphrey Germaniuk said he’ll rule on the Reiglemans’ causes of death after he performs their autopsies, which are scheduled for this weekend.

Miss Allen was taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown, where she was in critical condition Friday.

Deer Park, 804 E. Jamestown Road, opened in 1953. The Reiglemans owned it since 1979, according to Herald files. A park employee who asked to remain anonymous said Friday the park will remain open despite the Reiglemans’ deaths.

The park features more than 300 animals, including camels, bears, zebras, reindeer, lions, monkeys and tigers. Other attractions are a children’s area with a petting zoo, gift shop, rides on the historic Idora Park trains, a picnic area, pony rides and a snack bar.

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