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Fatal accident initiated by wrong-way driver

An accident involving a wrong-way driver in Pennsylvania's Springfield Township led to the death of one person and seriously injured two others on August 23 around 5:30 p.m. Authorities were still gathering information on the crash on the day after the accident.

The driver of a Honda Civic, 25, an Allentown resident, was killed in the crash. Two passengers in his vehicle, a 22-year-old male from Allentown, and a 24-year-old Hellertown woman were both seriously injured and airlifted to an area hospital. According to a hospital representative, the woman was in critical condition on August 24.

The auto accident happened when a Florida woman, 72, crossed the centerline into oncoming traffic on Richlandtown Pike while she was heading south. The woman's F-150 Ford pickup struck the Honda Civic head-on. The pickup driver was wearing a seat belt and suffered moderate injuries in the collision. The occupants of the Honda, police said, were not wearing restraints. State Police's accident reconstruction unit worked alongside its forensics unit at the accident site.

When a driver crosses into oncoming traffic and initiates an accident that leads to the death of another individual, they may be considered negligent in civil litigation that stems from the incident. In wrongful death suits based on crashes similar to this one, attorneys retained by the families of those killed would likely review police reports and witness statements to gather evidence of defendants' negligence. From there, they would be charged with the task of convincing their respective juries that the negligent behavior caused the fatal accidents.

Source: Lehigh Valley Live, "Allentown man killed in head-on crash in Bucks County", Edward Sieger, August 24, 2014

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