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Pennsylvania State Police share results from National Child Passenger Safety Week

Posted on Friday, September 27th, 2013 at 7:35 pm    

In recognition of the National Child Passenger Safety Week, the Pennsylvania State Police and PennDOT invited motorists to take part in the free safety checkups of child seats. During the national event, which took place from September 15 – 21, troopers conducted seat checks and taught motorists the proper way of using and installing child safety seats.

According to the police, the week-long event ended with the following results:

  • 406 out of 592 vehicles did not have child seats or had their child seats installed improperly
  • 444 people were cited for safety belt violations
  • 44 people were cited for child passenger seat violations
  • Only 180 vehicles had their child seats properly installed

Under Pennsylvania law, children ages 8 up to 17 years should use a seat belt and children ages 12 and below should be seated in the back seat due to dangers of airbag deployment.

Should your child or someone you know be injured by a defective safety seat or the carelessness of another motorist in Lancaster, a lawyer from the Law Office of Bill Pelhan might be able help you pursue much-needed compensation. Call 717-392-6362 today to speak with us about your legal options.

4-year-old child killed in car crash

Posted on Wednesday, September 18th, 2013 at 9:10 pm    

One child died, and four others were injured in a 3-vehicle accident last Thursday in Potter County. The names of the four year old and another 3-year-old boy who was injured in the accident were withheld by the Pennsylvania State Police.

23-year-old Kelly Bresnahan, who was driving the vehicle with both children, and Tiffany Kowalewski, 27, who was also a passenger in Bresnahan’s car, were taken to Charles Cole Memorial Hospital after the accident.

Michael Merck, 59, who was driving the second car involved in the wreck, was taken to the same hospital. The driver of the third car involved in this accident was not harmed. According to police, the investigation of the wreck is ongoing.

Three killed in Sheakleyville accident on I-79 last Friday

Posted on Monday, September 9th, 2013 at 8:01 pm    

Three were killed in a tragic Mercer County car crash last Friday evening. According to police, a 2012 Dodge Challenger headed south on Interstate Highway 79 in western Pennsylvania crossed the median and collided with a 2012 Chevrolet Cruze headed north at around 5:40 p.m. According to the Associated Press, the Cruze crossed the guard rail and landed on its side.

44-year-old Mary Carmody and 54-year-old Susan Thomas were pronounced dead at the scene. 62-year-old Robert Neubert, who was driving the southbound Challenger, was pronounced dead at Horizon Greenville Hospital shortly after the accident.

The accident closed down the road, and cars were detoured around the accident. I-79 was reopened around 10 p.m., according to an article on CBS Pittsburgh’s website.

11 killed in Pennsylvania Labor Day crashes

Posted on Wednesday, September 4th, 2013 at 6:49 pm    

At least 11 persons were killed and more than 200 others were injured over the Labor Day weekend, the Pennsylvania State Police stated in a report on Wednesday, September 4.

According to the report, the accidents happened from August 30 to September 2 during the long holiday weekend. In the 661 accidents, which exclude local police investigations, 77, of which two were fatal, were linked to drunk driving. Within the four-day period 9,149 speeding citations were given by state troopers and 351 drivers were arrested for driving under the influence. Troopers also cited 819 persons for not wearing seat belts, while 111 drivers were cited due to improper securing of children in safety seats.

The number of accidents that were covered by state police does not include other incidents that were responded to by other agencies in the state.