At least the young driver of the rig is cooperating in the investigation of the hit-and-run mishap last October 31 that claimed the life of a 56-year-old member of Caernarvon Fire Company.
Authorities stated that the driver, age 17 and resident of Narvon was operating large a rig hauling two trailers for farming when he hit and caused the death of Roseanna Newswanger who was riding her bicycle, shortly before 9:00 o’clock Friday morning.
According to police, the victim was traveling south along Block 400 near Shirktown Rd. in Caernarvon Twp that was about one mile from her home when she was hit by the rig.
Newswanger, also a resident of Narvon, was a member of the ladies auxiliary of the fire company for 15 years.
D.A. office will be filing charges after the investigation.
This is the 2nd time within a week that Fire Company of Lancaster County lost a valuable member. Seven days ago, Fire Company of Robert Fulton mourned the passing of firefighter Christi Rodgers who died suddenly while responding to a call.
Newswanger was the auxiliary’s current secretary and had been very active in all their fund-raising activities, banquets and the food trailer projects.
Stephen Diamantoni who is Lancaster County Coroner said that an autopsy will be performed Monday morning.
Newswanger depended on her bicycle to travel for work and on that fateful day, she was on her way to a client as she did cleaning for people in their residences
The family of Newswanger is very much a part of the fire company: the victim’s oldest son Matthew is a fire company captain and another son, Andrew, is also a member while her daughter, Rhoda, is with the auxiliary.
Meanwhile police is looking for the description of the vehicle and are asking for the public’s help. The police are looking for a motor commercial vehicle that accumulated dirt on the front. The vehicle might have travelled that road often and even with dirt on the front, it may or may not be a construction vehicle.
When Newswanger was hit, passersby attempted unsuccessfully to give life-saving procedures.
Although the call was send at about 8:59 o’clock that morning, but authorities believed that hit and run accident could have occurred anytime between 8:30 and 8:55 0’clock that morning.
Although Shirktown Rd. is not a main road but there are frequent travelers passing the area at any time. The speed limit on the road is 40 mph but the road has a narrow shoulder; however, authorities do not believe that extreme speed was a factor.
After the crash, the Shirktown Road was closed until about 3:00 o’clock in the afternoon.
Now that the young driver of the rig has been apprehended and he is cooperating in the investigation of the hit-and-run mishap last October 31; the police will be able to file charges and learn more about the crash.
If you or your loved one has been harmed or fatally injured in a vehicular accident caused by the negligence of a distracted driver, contact a car accident lawyer now for free consultation. You may be entitled to financial compensation for economic damages, as well as pain and suffering.
Sources: Lancaster Online Com