The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

Local News

June 17, 2009

UPDATE: Two Franklin area teachers killed in crash


Two motorcyclists from Franklin were killed in a head-on collision Tuesday afternoon in Deer Creek Township.

Roy E. Sanner, 53, and Eva H. Struthers, 46, died after the crash at about 4:30 p.m. on Georgetown road in northern Mercer County.

State police said Sanner and Ms. Struthers were traveling west on separate motorcycles when an eastbound pickup driven by Roger Wayne Beggs Jr., 36, of Meadville, crossed the center line and struck both. Beggs’ truck continued off the road, struck a tree and rolled onto its side.

Sanner’s motorcycle slid about 20 feet before coming to a rest on the north berm. Struthers’ motorcycle slid off the road into a cornfield, police said.

Assistant Mercer County Coroner Cris H. Loutzenhiser said he pronounced Ms. Struthers dead at the scene. He said state police told him Sanner was pronounced dead upon arrival at St. Elizabeth’s Health Center, Youngstown.

Sanner was athletic director of Valley Grove School District, Venango County, and Ms. Struthers was a science teacher in the district as well as girls tennis coach.

Both Sanner and Ms. Struthers were wearing helmets and Beggs was wearing a seatbelt, police said.

Beggs suffered moderate injuries in the crash. He was transported to Meadville Medical Center.

Police said an investigation will into the crash will continue.

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