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Deadly head-on crash creates many mysteries

Many people in Reading and Berks County expect every traffic accident to be explained in extreme detail by police or fire officials who viewed the scene. Unfortunately, police officers are rarely present when an accident occurs, and they must use forensic science to reconstruct the accident. A recent head-on crash in Exeter has left police investigators puzzled about the cause of the collision.

The accident occurred on Daniel Boone Road near the entrance to the Daniel Boone Homestead. According to witness accounts and the position of the vehicles after the crash, the police deduced that a Dodge Ram pick-up was traveling north on Boone Road when a Monte Carlo sedan crossed the centerline and hit the pick-up head-on. The driver of the Monte Carlo was pronounced dead at the scene, while the driver of the pick-up was treated at Reading Hospital in West Reading for injuries that were described as non-live threatening.

The Berks County Coroner's Office said that it had not established an official cause for the accident or manner of death of the driver of the Monte Carlo. The Berks County District Attorney operates a Crash Reconstruction Task Force that provides forensic assistance to local law enforcement agencies in investigating the cause of traffic accidents. The Task Force uses forensic mapping of the crash scene, examination of involved vehicles for safety violations and mechanical failures and established accident reconstruction techniques establish the cause of an accident. The Task Force was called to the scene of the Daniel Boone Road accident, but it has not yet released any findings about the cause of the crash.

Lawyers who represent accident victims and their families often retain private accident reconstruction investigators to help them establish which party may have been at fault. The lawyers at the Leisawitz Heller Law Firm in Reading are very knowledgeable about the use of accident reconstruction engineers in both pre-trial discovery and in the court room. Accident reconstruction is just one more of the many weapons that Leisawitz Heller attorneys use to help their clients obtain compensation for medical expenses, lost wage and pain and suffering.

Source: Reading Mercury, "Berks County Coroner IDs victim in Exeter crash," Marian Dennis, March 25, 2017

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