One person is dead and another seriously injured after a crash on Route 22 in Lebanon County. Pennsylvania State Police responded to the car accident, which happened in mid-July. The accident is still under investigation, and no criminal charges have yet been filed in association with the incident.
Preliminary reports indicate that a vehicle driven by an unknown person was attempting to make a turn eastbound off Route 22 when it pulled in front of another vehicle. The car was then struck by a third vehicle. Police and medical personnel responded shortly thereafter.
Details about this accident are currently unclear from given information. It is unknown whether the deceased party was pronounced at the scene or died later of injuries sustained in the crash. Whether the surviving injured party is still in hospital or has been released is also unknown. Currently police have not speculated as to whether there were mitigating circumstances influencing the accident.
The specifics of this case are currently not clear enough to anticipate what the outcome of the investigation might be. Certainly it appears the driver attempting to make the turn may be responsible for the car accident, but ultimately the investigation will shed additional light on the particulars of the case. Pennsylvania state law will allow the injured party to seek a personal injury lawsuit against whichever party is deemed responsible. Alternatively, should it become clear that the surviving driver is responsible for the accident, the next of kin of the deceased driver would be able to file a wrongful death suit in civil court.
Source: abc27.com, “1 dead, 1 injured in Lebanon Co. crash that closed Rt. 22,” Sari Heidenreich, July 12, 2013