Crash claims life of Reinholds man

By on July 3, 2012

Brian G. Walter

A Reinholds man was killed when his vehicle collided with a truck early July 27 in Lebanon County.

Brian G. Walter, 28, died at the scene of the crash, which occurred at 7:45 a.m. on Route 501 in Heidelberg Township, according Pennsylvania State Police at Jonestown.

According to officials, Walter was driving south on Route 501 approaching Springhaven Road in a Jeep Wrangler when his vehicle traveled across the center line while negotiating a curve.

Simon Dershem III, 55, of Milton, who was traveling north in a Freightliner truck, saw the Jeep coming toward him, applied the brakes and steered to the right in an effort to avoid a collision, said officials.

The two vehicles struck each other in the northbound lane of Route 501. According to police, Walter’s Jeep rotated 180 degrees and traveled back into the southbound lane, striking and coming to rest against a guardrail.

Officials said the truck continued north down a hill and came to rest in the southbound lane facing northbound. Dershem was not injured in the accident.

The roadway was closed for approximately five hours while police investigated the crash and crews cleared the wreckage.

State police were assisted at the scene by Schaefferstown Ambulance, Fire Department and Fire Police and Lebanon County Hazmat.

Services were held on July 3 for Walter. His obituary follows:

Brian Gregory Walter, 28, of Reinholds, passed away suddenly Wednesday, June 27, 2012 as a result of injuries sustained in an auto accident in Heidelberg Township, Lebanon County.

Born in Lancaster, Brian worked as a welder/fabricator for Tait Towers, Lititz. He especially enjoyed his work, was an avid gun collector, enjoyed riding motorcycle and doing auto repairs. He was also a history buff, especially World War II and the Vietnam era.

In addition to his father, Clifford L. Walter, of Reinholds, he is survived by two brothers: Andrew (Andy) C., husband of Glenna (Mowrer) Walter, of Lancaster; Ethan S. Walter, of Leola; and grandfather: John H. Walter, of Reinholds.

A service was held on July 3 at his late residence with Jeff Reimold officiating. Interment took place (following the service) in the Swamp Cemetery, West Cocalico Township.

Memorial contributions in Brian’s memory may be made to the Lebanon VA Medical Center, Voluntary Services, 1700 S. Lincoln Ave., Lebanon, PA 17042.

Arrangements were made by Roseboro Stradling Funeral & Cremation Services Inc., Denver. Online condolences can be given at

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