Last updated: April 26. 2014 9:06PM - 2394 Views
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FOSTER TWP. — State police are investigating the death of Ray Keiper, 61, of, White Haven, after a crash Saturday along Owl Hole Road.

At approximately 3 p.m. a rider on all terrain vehicle saw that a black Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck with a person in the driver’s seat apparently struck a tree off the roadway. The rider contacted Luzerne County 911 and state police were notified.

State police, first responders and the county Coroner’s Office responded and arrived at approximately 3:35 p.m.

State police said, Keiper was traveling north on the gravel roadway. For, as of now, unknown reasons the truck went off roadway and into a group of trees, state police said.

Keiper’s foot remained firmly planted on the accelerator after impact, causing the tires to dug deeply into the dirt until the truck ran out of fuel, state police said. The crash did not appear to have been severe enough to cause the death.

The cause of death is pending the results of a pathological exam and testing, state police said.

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