Man dies when car goes off road and plunges into creek

June 18th, 2014 by Rieders Travis in Car Accidents

JERSEY SHORE – The body of a Jersey Shore-area motorist was discovered early Tuesday morning facedown in Antes Creek, just a few feet from the car he was driving when it went off Route 44 and crashed, landing in the waterway, about 2 miles south of here, according to the Tiadaghton Valley Regional police.

The driver was identified as Philip Kanski, of 149 Mantle Lane, Crawford Township, who had been missing since Monday morning when he failed to return home.

Friends looking for him discovered the wreckage and his body about 5:10 a.m.

Kanski, whose driver’s license had been revoked because of several motor vehicle violations in the past, was driving a friend’s 2002 Mercury Sable when he apparently lost control of the car as he was traveling south on Route 44 in Nippenose Township.

The car struck a tree, traveled down an 18-foot embankment and landed in the creek, which was about 2 feet deep. The demolished car was not visible from the road but, a damaged tree with its bark peeled off, caught the attention of two people who had been out looking for Kanski during the early morning hours.

Lycoming County Coroner Charles E. Kiessling Jr. pronounced Kanski dead at the scene of blunt force head trauma. Kanski was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the car and thrown into the creek.

Kanski was last seen about 8 a.m. Monday when he left the Salladasburg-area home of his fiancee. It was believed that he was on his way to his house when the crash occurred.

Volunteer firefighters from Antes Fort and Jersey Shore as well as volunteer fire police and the state Department of Transportation responded to the crash.

It was stated that the body had clearly been in the water a considerable time.

There apparently were no witnesses to the crash, but Tiadaghton Valley Regional police are asking anyone who might have any information about the crash to give them a call at 570-398-2146.

Attorney Cliff Rieders

Attorney Cliff RiedersCliff Rieders is a Nationally Board Certified Trial Lawyer practicing personal injury law. A large part of his practice involves multi-district litigation, including cases related to pharmaceuticals, vitamin supplements and medical devices. He is admitted in several state and federal courts, as well as the Supreme Court of the United States. Rieders is the past regional president of the Federal Bar Association and is a life member of the distinguished American Law Institute, which promulgates proposed rules adopted by many state courts. He is a past president of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, formerly Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association. As a founder of the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority, he served on the Board for 15 years.

Not only has Rieders held many highly esteemed, leadership positions, he authored legislation related to the Patient Safety Authority and the Mcare Act, which governs medical and hospital liability actions in Pennsylvania. He authored texts upon which both practitioners and judges rely, including Pennsylvania Malpractice Laws and Forms, and Financial Responsibility Law Issues in Pennsylvania, the latter governing auto and truck collisions in Pennsylvania. In addition, he wrote several books on the practice of law in Pennsylvania regarding wrongful death and survivor actions, insurance bad faith, legal malpractice claims and worker rights, among others. Rieders also serves as a resource to practitioners as a regular speaker for Celesq, an arm of the world’s largest legal publisher, Thomson Reuters West Publishing.

As recognition of his wide range of contribution to his profession and of his dedication to protecting the rights of his clients, he received numerous awards, among them the George F. Douglas Amicus Curiae Award, the Milton D. Rosenberg Award, the B’nai B’rith Justice Award, and awards of recognition from the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers. [ Attorney Bio ]

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