The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

Local News

April 12, 2014

Trucking firm contesting streetlight responsibility

SHARON — A New York trucking company is making the city prove its driver is the one who knocked down an expensive new streetlight Jan. 21 in downtown Sharon.

The city has a witness to the accident but his description didn’t convince the company’s insurer to pay for the damage, City Manager Scott Andrejchak said.

As a result, city solicitor William J. Madden filed a lawsuit Thursday in Mercer County Common Pleas Court seeking damages for negligence.

The complaint says the trailer of the rig owned by Long Island Pipe Supply, Garden City, N.Y., destroyed the light pole and luminary at the corner of Pitt Street and Shenango Avenue.

The complaint says the cost of replacing the light “will exceed $7,140.” The lawsuit seeks a judgment for costs and interest “not to exceed $25,000.”

Tony DeMaio saw the trailer jump the curb and called 911 when the driver, identified in the lawsuit as Dale Lezatte, didn’t stop.

DeMaio provided enough descriptive information of the truck for police and City Manager Scott Andrejchak to find out quickly that the rig was operated by a driver for Long Island Pipe Supply, Albany, N.Y. He had picked up a load of pipe at about 4 p.m. at the Wheatland Tube plant at Penn Avenue and Mill Street.

“I used to drive trucks,” said DeMaio, a city resident who works as a bus driver for Watson’s Inc. in Jefferson Township. “I could see that he needed another 6 or 8 feet to make that turn at Shenango Avenue and Pitt Street. He clipped the pole with the trailer’s rear tandem wheels.”

When the trucking company’s insurer called a few days later, DeMaio repeated what he had seen but the insurance company later decided not to pay for the damage, denying that the trucking company was responsible, Andrejchak said.

A Herald call to the trucking company was not immediately returned.

The $7,140 total is made up of $6,240 for the pole and two costly LED luminaries and $900 labor, Andrejchak said.

Sharon has lost two lights installed last summer during a streetscape upgrade of downtown lights and sidewalks.

The first – which is being processed by the driver’s insurance – was knocked down on East State Street during the icy morning of Dec. 31 next to Community Library of the Shenango Valley.

“They haven’t approved the claim yet but I have no reason to think they won’t pay for the damage on that one,” Andrejchak said.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Better security Grant available to boost security in district courts

    County officials are looking to quickly upgrade security systems in the five district judge offices, not due to an increase in risk, but because current systems are antiquated and there is a short window to apply for some financial help with the costs.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Officials split over selling older monitors

    What to do with a pile of older LCD computer monitors, keyboards and mice remains up in the air until the third, and often absent, county commissioner makes a decision.

    July 24, 2014

  • Police anxious to talk with victim

    Sharon police want to talk to a West Hill man about several other men who came to his house shortly before he was shot and critically wounded Tuesday.

    July 24, 2014

  • AED presentation Heart-friendly pool

    The Lackawannock-Shenango-West Middlesex Pool has some pretty obvious changes from when it was opened almost 46 years ago.

    July 24, 2014 4 Photos

  • Sharon man 'stable' after being shot in his West Hill home

    A Sharon man was in stable condition this morning after being shot by one of several men he had let into his West Hill home, police said.

    July 23, 2014

  • GJR killer not eligible for parole, court rules

    State Superior Court on Tuesday reversed a local judge’s decision that the sentence for one of two men who killed a night supervisor at George Junior Republic, Pine Township, was unconstitutional.

    July 23, 2014

  • Duplicated files, former worker confesses

    A Mercer woman accused of stealing customer lists, billing information and other data from her former employer headed off trial Monday by pleading guilty to a charge of unlawful duplication.

    July 23, 2014

  • Starved house Vandals vent their emotions

    Vandals kept police busy Sunday and Monday nights at a home in Greenville where the Mercer County District Attorney’s office said a boy was starved and beaten by his mom.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Couple, another man charged in thefts

    Pennsylvania State Police have filed charges of burglary, theft, receiving stolen property and criminal mischief against an East Palestine, Ohio, couple and another man in connection with two robberies in rural Mercer County.

    July 22, 2014

  • Taking stock Where’s the beef? Bull’s still missing

    Is it possible that an alien abduction took place in the Mercer area last week? A solid red, 2-year-old Watusi bull with 3-foot-long horns has been missing since July 14 with no trace of its existence left on earth.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Buhl Day honorees

    The Buhl Day committee has chosen for this year’s celebration five honored guests whose volunteer work they feel best showcases the legacy of philanthropic work left behind by Frank and Julia Buhl a century ago.

    July 22, 2014

  • GC pair not hurt in accident injuring 2

    Two drivers were taken to a hospital after an accident at the intersection of state routes 965 and 173 in Worth Township, police said.

    July 21, 2014

  • WaterFire crowds WaterFire doused

    Sharon’s WaterFire wasn’t lacking either of its elements on Saturday. There was steady, day-long rain but the day concluded with the Shenango River ablaze.

    July 21, 2014 2 Photos

  • ‘Starved’ boy released from hospital

    A 7-year-old boy allegedly starved and beaten by his mother is out of the hospital and ordered out of his Greenville home by Mercer County Common Pleas President Judge Thomas R. Dobson.

    July 20, 2014

  • WaterFire walking tour Time traveling

    A group of more 50 people walked between the raindrops Saturday during an historical tour of downtown Sharon during the city’s WaterFire celebration.

    July 20, 2014 6 Photos 1 Story