Motorcyclist dies in Clarion County crash

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A motorcyclist who likely was speeding while trying to negotiate a sharp curve died Sunday evening in a two-vehicle crash in Clarion County, Pennsylvania State Police said this morning.

Brian M. Crissman, 20, of Brookville, Jefferson County, lost control of his motorcycle while riding east on Route 322 in the passing lane.

Mr. Crissman was going uphill when he toppled over on the bike, which slid into the oncoming lanes and struck a car going downhill in the opposite direction.

The accident occurred around 5:54 p.m. on River Hill about 1,000 yards from the Clarion University football stadium.

“It’s a pretty bad bend. He was trying to negotiate a right-hand curve,” Trooper Vaughn R. Norbert said. “We think he was speeding up the hill and his back wheel slid out.”

The posted speed limit is 45 mph. Witnesses told investigators that they thought Mr. Crissman might have been driving 10-15 mph faster, and state police think he might have been doing more than 60 mph, the trooper said.

Clarion County Coroner Terry Shaffer pronounced Mr. Crissman dead at 6:55 p.m.

Mr. Shaffer could not be reached for comment this morning.

The driver of the car, Trueman W. Mills, 80, of Clarion tried to slow down before the impact, police said.

Mr. Mills was driving with his wife, Jean L. Mills, 78.

The couple was not hurt.

Mr. Crissman was wearing a helmet, Trooper Norbert said.


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