An Alle-Kiski Valley native died last week in Armstrong County when something inside a burn barrel he was using exploded.
Mark Liti, 48, was hit by debris after Tuesday’s explosion and later died at ACMH Hospital.
“He was a great guy for the family,” his brother, Chris Liti, told Tribune-Review media partner WPXI-TV. “He just had energy. It’s incredible.”
Chris Liti told the outlet that his brother was using the combustion barrel when something inside – they don’t know what – exploded.
Mark Liti was born in Natrona Heights and raised in Buffalo Township, attending Freeport Area High School and graduating from Lenape Vo-Tech, the family wrote in their obituary.
He had a lifelong passion for dirt bikes, his family said, riding and racing motorcycles under his usual racing number, 415, since he was a child. He enjoyed hunting, camping, fishing and his family: wife, Jennifer; and children, Paige, Chloe and Ryder.
A GoFundMe page has been created for Liti’s family. By Sunday night, he had received more than $22,000 in donations.
“I’m still in shock,” her brother told WPXI. “I’ll try to put my arms around him but, at this point, I can’t.”
Friends have organized a memorial bike ride scheduled for September 8 at Harrison Hills County Park.
“Every day counts,” Chris Liti told the TV station. “Try to be there and see people because you never know. They might leave and you’ll never see them again.