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Woman killed in Pennsylvania vehicle collision

Authorities with the Ambridge Police Department reported that a 49-year-old Beaver County woman was killed in a collision in Ambridge on Jan. 16. Reportedly, the crash occurred in the morning at the intersection of Route 65 and Fourth Avenue.

The woman was believed to have been on her way to work. She was reportedly stopped on Route 65 at a red light in the inside lane. A 36-year-old man driving a Penske rental truck allegedly struck the woman's car from behind, pushing it forward about 260 feet.

Responding emergency personnel pronounced the woman dead at the accident scene. At the time of reporting, police indicated they were uncertain what caused the collision but said that the truck driver is a recovering addict and is taking medication to reduce cravings for methamphetamines. Officers reported that his blood was being analyzed to determine if he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash.

The man reportedly told officers he might have fallen asleep at the wheel, and police estimated that he may have been speeding by as much as 10 miles per hour over the posted limit. Officers indicated that the man frequently drives the Penske truck for his employer, a commercial roofing company, in order to haul materials.

When an individual is killed in an auto accident due to another driver's negligence, the family members who are left behind may face unexpected expenses and the emotional aftermath of a loved one's death. In the event that the responsible driver was working at the time of the accident, a personal injury attorney might be able to hold both the negligent driver as well as his or her employer civilly liable through a wrongful death lawsuit.

Source: WTAE, "Woman dies in Route 65 crash in Ambridge," Amber Nicotra and Sheldon Ingram, Jan. 16, 2015

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