The assistant town manager of West Manchester, Pennsylvania, was killed in a fatal motorcycle crash on Aug. 29 at about 5:35 p.m. The 55-year-old woman from Glenville died of her injuries in a West Virginia hospital later that same day, according to state police. Both the woman and her 49-year-old companion operating the motorcycle were thrown. The pair was reportedly traveling north on Route 281 when they were hit by a southbound van that veered into their lane.
Both motorcycle victims were transported by helicopter to Ruby Memorial Hospital in West Virginia following the auto accident. The 44-year-old driver of the van was not injured. Police said the van is owned by RJT Trucking Inc. and has a contract with FedEx. There was no word on the condition of the motorcycle's operator as of Sept. 5.
If the van in this accident was indeed owned by a company, the driver may have been operating during work hours or under the supervision of their employer. It may be possible for the company to also be named as a defendant in a civil suit if they are to take responsibility for the actions of their employees. This could potentially hold them liable to the injuries sustained by a victim as a result of driver negligence.
Any accident that involves fatalities can be devastating both emotionally and financially for those who are left behind. These types of accidents can also involve lawsuits for wrongful death, and as such there may be good reasons for survivors to consult with a personal injury lawyer in Pennsylvania in order to obtain advice on how to proceed and determine the possible extent of any compensation.
Source: York Dispatch, "West Manchester Twp.'s assistant manager killed in crash", Liz Evans , September 05, 2014