In a tragic story, a young journalist was traveling along the Pennsylvania Turnpike outside of Philadelphia on April 14 when a freak car accident claimed her life.
A box truck traveling in the opposite direction struck a traffic-control construction sign and the sheer force of the the collision sent the sign flying through the air into the woman's lane of traffic. Tragically, the road sign broke through the windshield of the woman's car and struck her in the head.
The woman's car struck another vehicle and a cement barrier before coming to a halt in a nearby ditch. Neither the driver of the box truck nor the other car that was involved in the car crash was seriously injured. According to reports, the journalist survived the initial accident but later died at a nearby hospital from her injuries.
A similar tragic auto wreck occurred on a nearby Pennsylvania roadway in late March. A woman was traveling down the highway when the wheel and tire from a trailer traveling in the opposite direction flew off the vehicle and bounced into her lane. The woman was killed when the tire slammed into the side of her car.
According to news reports, the driver of the trailer that lost its wheel fled the scene of the accident. He later turned himself in after he obtained an attorney. As a general matter, it is a crime to flee the scene of an accident that you may have caused. However, at this time, it is not clear whether the local district attorney plans to press charges against the driver or not.
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If you have lost a loved one in a car accident or due to the reckless actions of another, it's important to remember that you have rights and you have options. An attorney who can answer your questions and explain your rights can prove to be an indispensable ally.
This post was provided for informational purposes only and is not to be construed as legal advice.
The Lancaster Intelligencer Journal, "Turnpike accident claims life; police update March fatal accident," Ryan Robinson, April 17, 2012