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Apollo, Pa. – (Bell Township) The Westmoreland County Office of the Coroner and Pennsylvania State Police Kiski Valley report a 41 year old South Greensburg Borough man was found deceased by a jogger Thursday evening in Bell Township.
The Coroners office report indicates Albert R. Shaner, III was last seen on October 17th at approximately 2:05 AM in the Avonmore area of Westmoreland County. Shaner was driving a 2013 Chrysler 300C at the time of the crash. The report indicated a passing jogger noticed wreckage and contacted Westmoreland 911.
Bell Township Fire Chief Steve Master said the vehicle was 100 feet down over a hillside and about 150 feet off the roadway. Firefighters blocked roadways in the area of SR. 981 for about 4 hours while Kiski State Police and the Coroners office processed the scene.
It appeared Shaner failed to negotiate a left curve while he was traveling north on SR. 981. The vehicle traveled off the east berm and down a steep embankment. The vehicle came to rest in a secluded wooded area. He was last seen by his friends and family about a week ago.
The victim was pronounced dead at the scene by Deputy Coroner Tim O’Donnell. Speed is believed to have played a factor in the incident. An autopsy will be performed by Dr. Cyril H. Wecht and Pathology Associates on October 24, 2014. Toxicology results will not be available for several weeks.
Assisting at the scene were Saltsburg, Avonmore, and Bell Township Fire departments. EMS assistance was provided by Lifestat Saltsburg. Kochka Towing from Vandergrift towed the vehicle from the crash scene.