Driver of vintage Nova killed in PA crash

A Pennsylvania hobbyist was killed in a fiery crash while driving his collector car Sunday, May 9 on Pennylvania State Route 309.

According to a story in The Citizen’s Voice, 64-year-old Craig Lear of Wright Township was driving his third-generation Chevrolet Nova when he was rear-ended by a Chevy Trailblazer driven by a 77-year-old Fairmont Township woman at about 2:30 p.m.

Lear’s vehicle caught fire immediately after the crash. He was pronounced dead at the scene, according the newspaper story. The driver of the Trailblazer was transported to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Plains Township, where she was listed in critical condition on Monday.

According to The Citizen’s Voice report, state lawmakers are expected to ask the state’s Department of Transportation to conduct a traffic study to determine if the highway and the opening of a new restaurant could lead to unsafe traffic conditions. There is no turning lane into the restaurant lot for northbound traffic.

“Serious accidents have been a problem on this dangerous stretch of Route 309 for quite a while,” Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Wilkes-Barre told The Citizen’s Voice. “We need to rectify this traffic pattern problem so that more lives are not lost.”


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