The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

Local News

May 22, 2009

2 killed in crash on Rt. 18

Motorcycle, SUV collide at crossing

PYMATUNING TOWNSHIP — Two Lackawannock Township residents were killed Thursday afternoon after their motorcycle hit a boat being hauled by a sport-utility vehicle on North Hermitage Road in Pymatuning Township.

William R. Kennedy, 42, of 1309 Bend Road, and his passenger, Joyce L. Miller, 30, of 7391 Sharon-Mercer Road, were headed north near Birchwood Drive at 4:21 p.m. when the motorcycle hit the boat’s trailer, attached an SUV driven by Kenneth A. Trontel, 50, of 814 Stambaugh Ave., Sharon, police said.

Trontel’s vehicle was exiting the turn-around at Birchwood to go south on Route 18 when he pulled into the path of the motorcycle. He told police he didn’t see the motorcycle coming.

At the time of the crash, the SUV was in the southbound lanes and the boat trailer was in the northbound lanes. The impact detached the trailer from the SUV, police said.

Police are still investigating but said Kennedy may have been speeding. Neither Kennedy nor Ms. Miller were wearing helmets.

Trontel did not report any injuries, police said.

Police directed traffic around the crash and they cleared the scene around 8 p.m.

Kennedy and Ms. Miller were pronounced dead at 4:34 p.m. at the scene of the crash from multiple injuries, Mercer County Deputy Coroner John Libonati said Friday.

Toxicology tests are being performed to determine if Kennedy or Ms. Miller were under the influence of drugs or alcohol, which is standard in any motor vehicle death, he said. Results take four to six weeks.

It’s difficult to determine if they would have survived the crash if they had been wearing helmets, Libonati said.

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