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Former Navy specialist dies on moped

Postby Micronaut » Sun Apr 23, 2006 5:36 pm

Former Navy specialist dies on moped
By Meryl Dillman
Anderson Independent-Mail
April 14, 2006

http://www.independentmail.com/and/news ... 42,00.html

An Anderson man died Friday afternoon after being involved in a wreck.

Keith A. Knecht, 45, of Anderson, died at the scene of the wreck on Whitehall Road near Creamer Road about three miles west of the city of Anderson, said Anderson County Coroner Greg Shore. Mr. Knecht died from head, neck and chest trauma.

At about 1 p.m. Friday, Mr. Knecht was traveling east on Whitehall Road on a 2004 Yamaha moped when a 1994 Ford Escort pulled into his path, said Lance Cpl. Steve Sluder, South Carolina Highway Patrol. The Ford Escort, driven by Alma Ann Wooten, 46, Anderson, was traveling west on Whitehall Road and was attempting to turn onto Creamer Road.

Mr. Knecht struck the right side of the Escort and was ejected from his moped, Lance Cpl. Sluder said. He was not wearing a helmet.

Ms. Wooten was wearing her seatbelt and was not injured. No charges have been filed. The wreck is still under investigation.

The man who died Friday afternoon had a love for automobiles, said Terry Knecht, his brother.

"Since he was 3 years old, he’s (been) an avid mechanic," he said. "He loved automobiles. He loved taking them apart, finding out what made them tick and putting them back together."

Terry Knecht said his brother served his country for about 13 years in the United States Navy, where he worked as a hydraulic specialist and a weapons specialist.

"Outside of the service, he was just a free-going guy that stopped to help anybody with a broken-down car," he said.

Lucinda Reed, a woman who said she worked with Keith Knecht for a company at Clemson Research Park, said he was an all-around good person and a hard worker. She said he always came to work and was friendly.

"He spoke to everyone," she said. "Everybody liked him."

Meryl Dillman can be reached at (864) 260-1269 or by e-mail at dillmanmk@IndependentMail.com.
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