Three Fatal Crashes on Monday in Pennsylvania End in Deaths and Injuries

Three Fatal Crashes on Monday in Pennsylvania End in Deaths and InjuriesA rash of car crashes in Pennsylvania this week, including single-car crashes and head-on collisions, have ended in critical injuries of several and deaths of both drivers and passengers.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that a car crashed into a Center City’s Burger King’s dining room on Monday afternoon. One individual was critically injured and six others suffered lesser injuries. All were transported to area hospitals.

Police reported that an unidentified 85-year-old man from Glenolden driving a maroon sedan was driving south of Market Street around 2:40 p.m. The cause of the crash is currently being investigated. The man’s car swerved onto a sidewalk and then plowed into the Burger King. The car smashed through the brick and glass exterior directly into patrons in the dining room, according to the news report.

Around 3 p.m. the same afternoon, 65 year-old Cheryl Ann Baker and 61-year-old Rodney Baker were both involved in a three-vehicle crash in Union Country, Pennsylvania. The Daily Journal reports that both Cheryl Ann and Rodney were killed when their car collided with a truck. The accident occurred on Route 104 in Limestone Township.

Cheryl Baker was found dead at the scene, and Rodney Baker passed away later on at Danville’s Geisinger Medical Center. According to authorities, neither the driver nor the passenger were wearing their seat belts.

On Monday, 76-year-old Severino Cardillo died in a car accident in Churchill, Pennsylvania, WXPI, a local television station, reports. The crash took place at the intersection of Holland and Churchill roads. Cardillo’s truck veered off the road. It hit a tree, then later landed on its roof, according to the police report.

The news outlet added that Cardillo’s autopsy was scheduled for Tuesday, July 26. According to investigators, he almost certainly had a medical emergency, as the truck’s brakes of the vehicle don’t seemed to have been used at all before the crash.

According to the 2009 Pennsylvania Crash Facts and Statistics report, 121,242 reportable traffic crashes took place in the state’s 67 counties overall that year. A total of 1,256 individuals died and 87,126 people were injured. 14 crashes occur every hour – and 332 traffic crashes a day. In 2009, the state also recorded the lowest fatalities – 1.17 deaths – per hundred million vehicle-miles driven on its highways and roads.