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Icy roads blamed in Pa. deputy coroner's death

February 20, 2014
Associated Press

ROCKWOOD, Pa. (AP) — A deputy coroner in western Pennsylvania has been killed in a crash police blamed on icy roads, while he was driving to a funeral home to assist his boss with a service.

Somerset County Deputy Coroner James Hahn was 73 when he died about 9:25 a.m. Wednesday.

State police say another vehicle driven by a 17-year-old male slid into the path of Hahn's vehicle. Neither driver was wearing a seat belt and the teen, whose name has not been released by police, suffered moderate injuries.

Hahn retired as a Somerset Borough policeman in 2005 and soon after went to work at Miller Funeral Home, which is owned by Coroner Wallace Miller. Miller eventually hired Hahn as a deputy coroner, too.

Miller says Hahn "was a wonderful person ... like a brother to me."



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