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PA: Man dies in Snyder County hunting-related accident

Man dies in Snyder County hunting-related accident
Saturday, December 06, 2008
For The Patriot-News

SELINSGROVE - A Kreamer man was killed Thursday afternoon in a hunting-related accident in Snyder County, officials said.

Blaine Allen Spickler, 47, was fatally shot shortly after 5 p.m. as he stood outside a vehicle along Old Colony Road in Penn Twp., talking with the occupant, authorities said.

A .243 Winchester inside the vehicle discharged accidentally, passed through the door and struck Spickler in the chest, according to state Game Commission spokesman Jerry Feaser.

The Game Commission is lead investigating agency in the case.

Spickler, whose survivors include a daughter, Grace Beachel of Steelton, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to authorities.

Feaser said the incident remains under investigation and appeared to be a case of the gun being pointed in an unsafe direction.

He did not identify the occupant of the vehicle but said the person had a permit to use the vehicle as a hunting blind because of a disability.  

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