A 74-year-old Myerstown woman was killed in a two-vehicle collision Oct. 24. The accident occurred around 10:30 a.m. in Jackson Township.
According to Pennsylvania State Police, the woman's Ford station wagon was broadsided on the driver's side by a Chevrolet pickup truck that ran a stop sign at the intersection of South Ramona and West Main Avenue. The Lebanon County Deputy Coroner pronounced the woman dead at the scene of the crash. The driver of the pickup, a 76-year-old Bethel man, was transported to Reading Hospital with minor injuries.
The roadway remained closed for several hours as police gathered evidence at the crash scene. The crash is still under investigation, and no charges have been filed yet. The 74-year-old victim is reportedly the seventh motor vehicle crash fatality on Lebanon County roads in 2014.
When someone is killed in a fatal car accident, the family members left behind may be faced with large financial burdens in addition to their emotional loss. Medical expenses, funeral arrangements and property damage costs can add strain to a difficult time. In an effort to seek reimbursement for those damages, the family of anyone who died in a car crash that was caused by another driver may wish to meet with an attorney.
An attorney may be able to use crash scene evidence, police reports and eyewitness accounts to piece together a crash reconstruction showing the accident was caused by a negligent driver. Examples of driver negligence include distracted driving, texting and driving, reckless driving and intoxicated driving. By filing a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the victim's family, a lawyer may be able to obtain financial compensation the family needs to cover medical and funeral costs, lost wages and other damages.