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Pedestrian struck, killed in Buffalo Township

From left, Dave Roenigk stands with his sons Joseph and Matthew Roenigk. Submitted photo

Dave Roenigk, 62, of Buffalo Township, was outside doing what he loved, working on his yard on Wednesday morning, June 19, when he was struck and killed by a pickup truck that went off Ekastown Road.

Roenigk’s sister, Sue Roenigk, said Wednesday afternoon that her brother was involved in the family bus company, W.L. Roenigk, and was known as a reserved person by most who knew him.

“He was a very quiet guy, very mild mannered,” she said. “He loved making the yard and everything look beautiful. He was out weed-eating, and he was hit by a truck who went off the road.”

Buffalo Township police Chief Tim Derringer said the crash occurred when a single cab pickup truck was traveling southeast on Ekastown Road, or Route 228, around 8:15 a.m.

Derringer said the truck driver allegedly fell asleep at the wheel and veered of the west berm of the road, hitting the person in the 700 block of Ekastown Road.

The Butler County coroner was dispatched to the scene, and Derringer said his officers were assisted by state police’s forensics team with the crash investigation.

Ekastown Road was closed between Coal Hollow Road and Sarver Road until 12:45 p.m. as an investigation was conducted.

Buffalo Township Volunteer Fire Company, Saxonburg Volunteer Fire Company and EMS were also requested to respond.

Dave Roenigk, second from right, stands with his son, Matthew Roenigk, daughter-in-law, Michaela Roenigk, and their children and dog on Easter, 2023. Submitted photo

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