Victim identified in fatal Huntingdon County crash


HUNTINGDON COUNTY Pa. (WTAJ) –– Crews were dispatched to the scene of a fatal car crash in Franklin Township Monday at 7:45 a.m.

The crash occurred along Route 350 by the intersection of Mountain View Lane, according to Huntingdon County 911.

The person killed in the crash has been identified by state police as 59-year-old Wendy M. Reitz. She died at the scene.

According to the crash report, 42-year-old Richard Ewing was traveling northbound on Route 350 and crossed the yellow line into oncoming traffic. Ewing reportedly hit Reitz’s vehicle and overturned before coming to a final resting position in the southbound lane of Route 350.

Ewing was recently arrested May 6 when narcotic agents at the state Attorney General’s Office executed a search warrant on his home. Police said they found six ounces of meth, two ounces of marijuana, 25 grams of psilocybin mushrooms and $2,650 cash. The drugs were estimated at a value of $15,000. He posted $80,000 cash bail through a bail bondsman May 11.

Ewing was also arrested in December of 2020 for having nine grams of methamphetamine, suspected Esctacy, marijuana and a handgun in a Logan Township hotel room. He posted $50,000 cash bail through a bail bondsman five days later.

On Oct. 21, 2020, Ewing was arrested for having suspected acid, MDMA and a handgun. According to police, Ewing is prevented from owning a handgun due to his previous criminal history. He posted $40,000 cash bail through a bail bondsman that same day.

He is currently awaiting trial on all three of these cases.

Ewing was transported to UPMC Altoona for his injuries. Pennsylvania State Police along with AMED, Juniata Valley ambulance and the county coroner responded to the scene.

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