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Homer City man dies after crash

by The Indiana Gazette on April 14, 2014 11:00 AM

A 75-year-old man has died of injuries suffered in a traffic accident last week in Brush Valley Township.

Deovaux “Joe” Holdsworth Jr., of Homer City, was pronounced dead at 2:29 a.m. Thursday in Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center’s intensive care unit.

According to Cambria County Chief Deputy Coroner Jeffrey Lees, Holdsworth died of blunt force trauma about three days after the accident on Route 56.

Holdsworth was a passenger in a vehicle being driven by his wife, Bertha. The couple was driving east, and the accident occurred when a pickup truck approaching from the opposite direction crossed the centerline sometime around 1:52 p.m. Monday.

According to state police in Indiana, Bertha Holdsworth swerved to avoid the pickup, but her car was struck by it as its driver tried to move back into the westbound lane.

State police in Indiana, who had not released any information about the accident until this morning, identified the driver of the pickup as Mark M. McCracken, 55, of Indiana.

McCracken was not injured, police said.

Holdsworth, who was wearing a seat belt, was flown to the Johnstown hospital, where he remained. His wife, who also was wearing a seat belt, was taken to Indiana Regional Medical Center with a minor injury. A hospital spokesman said she has been discharged.

An autopsy on Holdsworth was performed Thursday, and his death has been ruled an accident, Lees said.

State police said the collision remains under investigation.

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