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Pennsylvania driver faces charges in relation to fatal crash

An Allentown man is facing criminal prosecution in connection with a May 13 crash on Route 22 in Lehigh County that killed another man. Officials recently filed multiple charges against the 41-year-old man, including homicide by vehicle and driving under the influence. Moreover, officials recently disclosed that the 41-year-old man allegedly had multiple drugs in his system at the time of the accident.

According to the Pennsylvania State Police, the incident occurred after a Bethlehem Township man pulled his vehicle over on the right shoulder of Route 22. Allegedly, the Allentown man was driving a Chevrolet pickup truck north on Route 309 when he attempted to merge left onto Route 22 and struck the Bethlehem Township man's parked vehicle. On account of the accident, the Bethlehem Township man, who had been standing at the rear of his vehicle, became pinned.

Pennsylvania pedestrian's death leads to $2,050,000 settlement

A 60-year-old Hawley woman was walking in a crosswalk at 7th and Church streets in Honesdale on March 22, 2011, and was struck by a Ford pickup truck at 3:30 p.m. The impact caused her to hit her head on the pavement, which caused brain damage that led to her death a few days later. On August 28, a $2,050,000 settlement was reached in the wrongful death suit filed by the executor's of the woman's estate.

The suit claimed that the pickup driver operated his vehicle in a negligent, reckless and careless manner, which caused vehicle to run directly into the victim. In addition, the suit alleged that Honesdale Borough allowed the crosswalk to remain at the intersection despite the fact that it was aware that doing so exposed pedestrians to unreasonable danger. In a news release provided on the day the settlement was reached, attorneys for the decedent's estate said that misplacement of the crosswalk and alterations to how the one-way street was configured led to the fatal accident.

1 dead, 1 injured after truck tire strikes vehicles

A male subject was pronounced dead after a tractor-trailer tire struck his SUV on Interstate 79 in Aleppo Township, near Pittsburgh. The fatal accident was reported around 6 a.m. on Sept. 8.

Investigators at the scene of the accident say the truck tire came off of a tractor-trailer that was heading northbound on I-79. After detaching from the truck, the tire reportedly crossed the median and went into the oncoming traffic on the southbound side of the interstate. From there, the truck tire came into contact with an SUV. It also hit a second vehicle, and that car's driver did sustain injuries.

Pennsylvania motorcyle accident leaves 1 dead, 1 injured

Area news sources report that an accident involving a motorcycle and a van in Fayette County at around 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 29 left a motorcycle passenger dead and the driver of the motorcycle injured. The passenger, a 55-year-old Glenville woman, was pronounced dead at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, West Virginia. A medical helicopter airlifted the injured driver to the same hospital. The driver of the van reported no injuries and declined medical treatment.

According to the Pennsylvania State Police, the accident occurred on Bruceton Road, Route 281. Accident events unfolded when a 44-year-old Confluence man driving a van southbound allegedly crossed the center line and struck a 49-year-old Glenville man driving a motorcycle northbound. The impact caused both individuals on the motorcycle to be thrown from the motorcycle. Police closed the road for several hours to begin their investigation.

1 dead, 3 injured in Pennsylvania accident

Pennsylvania State Police say that one man is dead and three other people are injured after a two-car crash in Springfield Township on Aug. 23. The accident happened on Richlandtown Pike around 5:30 p.m.

According to a police release, a 72-year-old Florida woman was driving a pickup truck and crossed into oncoming traffic, slamming into a Honda sedan. Emergency responders had to free several of the people involved in the car collision. Authorities are trying to determine what caused the woman to cross the centerline.

One woman sent to the hospital after car hits Amish buggy

On Aug. 19, an accident involving a car and an Amish horse and buggy resulted in one Pennsylvania woman being sent to the hospital. The two-vehicle collision occurred in Mercer while the car and the buggy were both traveling along Route 158. Pennsylvania State Police say that the automobile driver was not being cognizant of smaller vehicles on the road when the horse-drawn buggy was struck from behind at around 8 a.m.

After causing extensive damage to the buggy, the car ended up driving into a ditch where the front end was damaged significantly. According to state troopers, one female occupant from the buggy was the only person who sustained serious injuries in the buggy and car collision. She was transported to a hospital in Mercer County by helicopter. The other buggy occupants were also treated for minor injuries.

Pennsylvania multi-vehicle accident leaves 1 dead, 5 injured

News sources report that a three-vehicle accident in Indiana County around 7 a.m. on Aug. 19 left a 67-year-old Kittanning man dead and five others injured. The extent of the injuries were not made public.

According to Pennsylvania State Police, the accident occurred in Pine Township on a portion of Route 422 at Motorcycle Lane. Accident events unfolded when a fully loaded dump truck traveling eastbound allegedly struck a small passenger vehicle being driven westbound. A burning tri-axle from the initial portion of the accident then struck a Suburban also being driven westbound. The coal truck burst into flames and came to rest near a private residence. The small passenger vehicle was completely destroyed during the course of the accident.

Accident in Pennsylvania kills 1, injures 5

A motor vehicle accident in Franklin County resulted in five people suffering injuries and another dying. The car accident happened on Lincoln Highway East around 8 a.m.

The crash happened the 3300 block of Route 30 near its intersection with Mount View Avenue, police say that a 63-year-old man from Chambersburg was driving east on Route 30 while two drivers, a 33-year-old woman from South Mountain and a 51-year-old from Gettysburg, were heading west. The eastbound vehicle started to drift into the center turn lane. It then veered into Route 33's westbound lane into the path of the oncoming vehicles. The first impact occurred when the vehicle struck the front-bumper area of the 51-year-old's vehicle. The eastbound vehicle continued in the west lane, hitting the second westbound vehicle driven by the South Mountain resident.

Pennsylvania woman killed in wrong-way collision

A 57-year-old Pennsylvania woman died in an accident between a box truck and an SUV on Route 222 in Fleetwood Borough on Aug. 14. The highway was closed to traffic for six hours while authorities conducted an investigation and cleared the crash site. Traffic was detoured along an alternate route until the highway reopened around 11 p.m.

The accident occurred when the northbound SUV, driven by a 19-year-old New York man, moved into the southbound lanes of the highway and struck a box truck around 4:20 p.m., according to police. After the initial collision, the SUV continued for approximately 70 feet before colliding with a utility pole. The driver was transported to a hospital for treatment.

Pennsylvania reportedly tired during fatal crash

Police say that a 19-year-old woman caused a crash that took the life of a 65-year-old woman at about 8:30 a.m. on April 12 when her Hyundai Elantra collided with a Volkswagen Jetta on Route 145 near Clearview and Neffs Laury's roads in North Whitehall Township. According to reports, the woman had attended class, slept for three hours and then worked an 11-hour shift at Lehigh Station Mall before the accident occurred. According to reports, both the victim's granddaughter and the teenager were hospitalized.

Reports further indicate that the woman said she may have dozed off prior to the accident taking place. Text messages obtained by police indicated that the woman would be too tired to remember going home and that it wasn't the first time that she had experienced this. However, police were also quick to point out that there was no indication that the woman had been texting while driving prior to the crash.

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