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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Man killed, kids hurt in crash

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  • - A 62-year-old Beach Lake man was killed in a two-vehicle crash on Route 652 east of Navajo Road, state police at Honesdale reported.
    Charles Gabriel was not wearing a seat belt and suffered severe internal injuries in the crash at 11:45 p.m. Friday, police said.
    He was pronounced dead after being flown to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Hospital.
    The other driver, Andrew Steffens, 40, of Honesdale, and four juvenile passengers, ages four, five, 12 and 13, suffered moderate to minor injuries, police said.
    Steffens and a female juvenile had moderate injuries and were flown to Lehigh Valley Hospital, where they were listed in stable condition.
    The other three juveniles suffered minor injuries and were taken to Geisinger Community Medical Center in Scranton, where they were listed in stable condition, police said.
    Steffens and the juveniles were all wearing seat belts, police said.
    According to Trooper Chad L. Cunningham of the Honesdale barracks:
    Gabriel was driving east on Route 652 in a 1988 Ford F150, while Steffens was traveling west in a 2004 Honda Civic.
    Gabriel failed to negotiate a right-hand curve, crossed the double-yellow lines and traveled into the path of the Honda.
    The Ford and Honda collided in the westbound lane, causing the Ford to overturn on its passenger side and travel off the south berm.
    The Honda spun around and came to rest in the road.
    OTHER CRASHES
    A man suffered moderate injuries after being thrown from a motorcycle on Route 6 in Palmyra Township, Wayne County.
    Steven Deluca, 49, of Hawley, was traveling west at 8:29 a.m. Thursday when his 2003 Harley Davidson Road King Classic struck the rear of a 2003 Toyota Prius driven by Joan Lonsdorf, 84, of Hawley, police said.
    Page 2 of 2 - The impact threw Deluca from the bike and he was taken to an urgent care center. He was wearing a helmet.
    Lonsdorf was not injured.
    A motorist was cited after leaving the scene of a crash on Route 196 in Lake Township at 10 p.m. Friday, police said.
    Conrad J. Borowski, 19, of Lake Ariel, was traveling east on Edgefield Road when he failed to stop at the intersection of Route 196. The 2008 Dodge Caravan traveled across the north and south lanes and down an embankment before hitting a rock.
    Borowski fled the scene and the crash was discovered the next day, police said.
    He was cited for failing to immediately notify authorities of an accident.
    Another driver was charged after leaving the scene of a one-vehicle crash on Route 191 in Buckingham Township, near the Hancock Bridge.
    State police said Justin Straussner, 31, of Laceyville, Wyoming County, was traveling at a high rate of speed at 9:30 p.m. July 2 when he lost control on a curve, causing the 2010 Honda Civic to cross a yard for about 30 feet before it struck a fence post and sign.
    The car slid another 40 feet before coming to rest in Smoking Joe's parking area.
    The driver fled and was cited for leaving the scene of a crash, police said.
    John Donnini, 39, of Lake Ariel, reported that someone stole $1,100 from a metal box inside a desk drawer at his residence on Goose Pond Road in Salem Township, police said.
    There were no signs of forced entry. The theft happened between June 30 and July 11.
    Anyone with information is urged to call Trooper T.L. Walker at 570-253-7126.
     
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