One man was killed in a two-vehicle crash in North Codorus Township that left two others injured Wednesday afternoon.

Brandon Krichten, 33, of the 300 block of Pickett Road in Washington Township, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash at the intersection of Bentz and Stoverstown roads, said York County Chief Deputy Coroner Claude Stabley.

Krichten and passenger Ronald Smith, 31, of Spring Grove, were thrown from the 1997 Ford Explorer they were in, according to a news release from Southwestern Regional Police.

Krichten, who was not wearing a seatbelt, died of multiple blunt force trauma, Stabley said.

Smith was also not wearing a seatbelt, police said.

Smith and Chad McWilliams,the driver of the second vehicle involved in the crash, were taken to York Hospital with non-life threatening injures, police said.

What happened: The Explorer was traveling north on Bentz road when, about 3 p.m., it entered the intersection and collided with a 2001 Ford Windstar, which was going east on Stoverstown Road, that McWilliams was driving, police said.

Police said they believe Krichten didn't stop for a posted stop sign on Bentz Road when the Explorer entered the intersection.

Portions of Bentz and Stoverstown roads were closed for a few hours as crews cleaned up the crash and police investigated.


A York Hospital spokeswoman said McWilliams, 42, of Red Lion, and Smith were not listed in the hospital's computer system Wednesday night, meaning they could have been released.

Police continued to investigate the crash and anyone who witnessed it is asked to contact Officer Nik Johnson at (717)225-1333 ext. 112.

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