October 4, 1973
Town native, run over by car, killed

Funeral arrangements have been set for Saturday afternoon for a 21-year-old Bloomsburg native killed early Wednesday morning when run over by an automobile near his Klinesgrove home.

Gary Glen Fritz of Danville R. D. 6, was killed at approximately 2:25 Wednesday morning when run over by a car, police said, operated by 26-year-old Charles Kovaschetz of the 400 block of Railroad st., Danville.


Fritz was reportedly lying on the roadway at the time of the mishap, but state police say they have no indication as to why.

Northumberland County deputy coroner Ernest Korten, Jr. attributed death to a fractured skull and multiple injuries. It was reported the automobile's wheels passed over Fritz' head and body. Korten pronounced Fritz dead at the scene of the accident

The accident occurred on Legislative Route 49040, the Riverside-Danville roadway in Rush township, about two miles from Fritz' residence.

The victim's father said Fritz was diabetic, but not under treatment, and said he had no idea why the young man would be lying on the roadway.

Korten said there appeared to be no evidence of foul play at the scene.

Kovaschetz reportedly told police that he came upon Fritz lying in the center of the highway and was unable to avoid striking him. According to news sources at the scene, Kovaschetz was not aware at first that his car had struck a human. Kovaschetz was traveling west at the time.


According to police, the accident occurred in an area of the legislative route with numerous curves, and the weather was rainy and misty at the time of the incident.

Fritz was reportedly in the area to visit his girlfriend, and apparently on his way home when the accident occurred.


Born August 23, 1952, in Bloomsburg, Gary Fritz was a 1971 graduate of Danville High School, and a member of the Klinesgrove Methodist Church and Southside Fire Company of Riverside.

He is survived by his mother and father, Robert and Ruth Nungesser Fritz; his paternal grandmother, Mrs. Edna Fritz, Bloomsburg; five brothers, Grant, Des Moines, Iowa, Douglas, Memphis, Tenn., Dennis Edward and David, at home, two sisters, Mrs. Linda Winn, Danville R. D. 3; and LeAnn Fritz, at home.

Funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon at two from the Donald M. Wilt funeral home, Bloomsburg.

Gary G. Fritz

DANVILLE &emdash; Gary G. Fritz, 21, of Danville RD 6, died Wednesday as a result of injuries received when he was struck by a car near Sunbury.

He was employed as a construction laborer, and was a member of the Klinesgrove Methodist Church and the Southside Fire Company, Riverside.

He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Fritz, with whom he lived; five brothers, Grant, of Des Moines, lowa; Douglas, of Memphis, Tenn., and Dennis, Edward and David, all at home; two sisters, Mrs. Linda Winn of Danville RD 3, and Miss LeAnn Fritz, at home, and his paternal grandmother, Mrs. Edna Fritz of Bloomsburg

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.