The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

October 28, 2013

Police investigating death of driver after Penns Creek crash

By The Daily Item

— PENNS CREEK — A 22-year-old motorist apparently killed himself after losing control of his car on Route 104, then traveling through several yards and hitting a parked car early Saturday morning.

The driver, Marlin J. Shaffer, 22, of Mount Pleasant Mills, died from a gunshot wound. State police at Selinsgrove are investigating his death.

Shaffer was a 2009 graduate of Midd-West High School, where he was an honor student, and SUN Area Technical Institute in New Berlin, where he studied welding. He was employed at the Arcon Group, Selinsgrove.

State police said Shaffer was southbound on Centerville Street, which is Route 104 in the village, at 3:22 when his 2013 Ford Fiesta struck a curb near Raspberry Street. The Ford traveled through several yards, struck and broke a mailbox, then crossed both lanes of the highway and hit a 1998 Volkswagen Jetta that was parked in the lot of Houseworth Auto Sales, 605 Centerville St.

Police said Shaffer fled the scene. His car and body were found beside Hi-Li Corp. on Troxelville Road, about a mile from the accident scene.