Crash Caused by Improper Left Turn

September 30, 2009
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Driver:
Juvenile, 17
1500 Block of English Drive
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

Driver:
Barbara Marshall, 65
900 Block of Emily Drive
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

On September 30, 2009 at approximately 7:55 PM, Upper Allen Township Police, Upper Allen Fire Department, West Shore EMS and Upper Allen Fire Police were dispatched to the intersection of Gettysburg Pike and South Market Street for an accident involving injuries.

The juvenile driver was traveling north on Gettysburg Pike and was attempting to turn left onto South Market Street. Marshall was traveling south on Gettysburg Pike and was proceeding straight through the intersection. The juvenile driver failed to yield the right-of-way and was struck head-on by Marshall. Marshall suffered minor injuries.

Both vehicles were towed to Hess Garage.

The juvenile driver was subsequently cited for failure to obey Traffic-Control Signals.

Single Vehicle Crash Injures One

September 30, 2009
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Sandra Wirth, 66
1400 Block Raven Hill Road
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

On Wednesday, September 30, 2009 at 8:19 AM Upper Allen Police investigated a single vehicle crash in the 500 block of East Winding Hill Road. Sandra Wirth, the operator of the vehicle, suffered a medical emergency causing her vehicle to leave the roadway. A brick mailbox post and utility pole were struck during the accident. Wirth was transported to Harrisburg Hospital for treatment of her injuries. Wirth’s vehicle was towed from the scene.

The police department was assisted by the Upper Allen Fire Department and West Shore EMS. The Upper Allen Police Department would also like to thank several bystanders who provided assistance during the incident.

Afternoon crash results in injury and delays

September 25, 2009
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Brittany Dean, 21
100 Block of West Wind DR
Northford CT, 06472

On September 25, 2009 at approximately 2:37 PM a Toyota Camry driven by Brittany Dean was traveling south on US Route 15 in the left lane. As she approached the construction zone just south of the Bowmansdale exit, Dean attempted to move from the left lane into the right lane. Prior to entering the right lane, Dean struck an orange construction barrel in the center of the roadway. Dean then attempted to steer back into the left lane, causing the vehicle to lose control. After two attempts at gaining control, Dean’s vehicle struck the center guide rail. The impact with the guide rail caused both the driver and passenger side air bags to deploy. Dean sustained minor injuries that did not require treatment.

Daylight Crash in Construction Area

September 20, 2009
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Benjamin Holmes, 20
6400 block of Montrose Road
Rockville, MD 20852

Raymond Hoffman, 54
300 block of Tapeworm Road
New Oxford, PA 17350

On September 20, 2009 at approximately 4:30 PM a Chevrolet Cobalt driven by Benjamin Holmes was traveling south on US Route 15 in the right lane. As he approached the bridge construction at the SR114 overpass, Holmes moved to the left lane which was occupied by a Ford F350 pulling a camper trailer driven by Raymond Hoffman. Holmes’ car was struck by Hoffman’s truck which caused Holmes to lose control and strike the guide rail in the center median. The impact with the guide rail caused driver’s side air bag deployment. Holmes corrected and veered into the construction median created by orange barriers striking a construction sign. Minor injuries were reported, but the parties declined EMS treatment.

Child Passenger Safety Week

September 12 through 19 marks Child Passenger Safety Week and Upper Allen Township Police Department would like to invite all parents and caregivers to make their children safer with our help. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children of every age from 3 to 14 years old. This year’s child passenger safety week theme is “Pennsylvania’s Life-Saving Team.” This team includes law enforcement agencies (including Upper Allen Township PD), medical professionals, community organizations, car seat loan programs and fitting stations. This “Team” is thankfully making a difference and their success can be seen in the reduced number of fatalities involving children. According to NHTSA, over the period of 1975 to 2007, 8,709 lives were saved by child restraints.

Our department has a number of Child Passenger Safety Technicians who will be more than happy to educate you and assist you in installing your child safety seat. Call us today to set up an appointment- let’s make buckling up a life-long and life-saving habit!

Additional information about Child Passenger Safety can be found at:
Traffic Injury Prevention Project- www.pakidstravelsafe.org
American Academy of Pediatrics, PA Chapter – www.paaap.org
NHTSA – www.nhtsa.dot.gov
Drive Safe PA – www.drivesafePA.org
Safe Kids USA – www.usa.safekids.org