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Mail Carrier Hit, Killed By Driver Of Vehicle In Greene County

GREENE COUNTY (KDKA) -- A mail carrier was hit and killed by the driver of a vehicle in Greene County.

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The crash happened Monday on Andrews Road in Morris Township. The Greene County Coroner's Office said Chad Varner, 49, was hit and killed after leaving his vehicle to deliver a package.

Greene County Regional Police Chief Zach Sams told KDKA Varner was hit while behind a row of hedges in the front yard of a home. The driver of the vehicle left the roadway and hit the man.

"There was a row of hedges right in front of the house between the house and the roadway, and he was behind the hedges. He wouldn't have seen the car coming, and they wouldn't have seen him," Sams said.

A Good Samaritan who was passing by noticed the crash, rendered first aid, and went to a local store to call first responders, law enforcement said.

The driver of the vehicle was conscious and had a passenger with her. The driver is being evaluated at a loal hospital.

"It is possible there was a medial episode that occurred," the chief said. "As of right now, we can't verify that. But if that is the case, it would be a medical episode that caused the crash."

No one was at the house where the mail carrier was delivering the mail.

"A good person, friendly, very nice," said neighbor Leslie Skidmore. "I have a feeling he would do for anyone based on what I've seen."

State police responded to the scene to help investigate why the driver left the two-lane unlined rural road.

Meanwhile, Skidmore can't stop thinking about Varner, who she said was a husband and father.

"He's very, very nice and friendly. My mother loves him, and she will be devastated when she finds out," Skidmore said.

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