According to reports, a fatal accident involving a car and a pickup truck occurred at about 10:30 a.m. in Jackson Township on Oct. 24. A 74-year-old woman was declared dead at the scene while one other person suffered a head injury in the wreck.
According to preliminary reports, the accident happened at the intersection of South Ramona Road and West Main Avenue. A 76-year-old Bethel man driving a Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck allegedly failed to stop at the intersection's stop sign and sideswiped the driver's side of a 1995 Taurus station wagon. The 74-year-old driver of the Taurus died on impact. Rescue personnel transported the truck driver to Reading Hospital for treatment of minor head injuries. The man's current condition was not disclosed in reports.
Emergency responders to the scene included the Keystone Hook & Ladder Fire Company workers and local police. The investigation into the wreck is ongoing. It was reported that the elderly Myerstown woman was the seventh car accident fatality to happen in Lebanon County so far.
If an individual dies in a car accident caused by the actions of a negligent motorist, the immediate family members or a representative of the decedent might be able to receive financial compensation for their losses through a wrongful death claim. Evidence from police reports and witness accounts may be used as evidence to strengthen a case, and a plaintiff could be awarded damages for both medical and burial expenses as well as lost financial support. In some cases, the award could also include noneconomic damages such as loss of companionship.
Source: Lebanon Daily News, "Update: Two-vehicle crash kills woman in Jackson Township", John Latimer, October 24, 2014