Man from Westfield, PA charged with fatal hit-run crash

March 4th, 2014 by Rieders Travis in Car Accidents

TIOGA, PA A 44-year-old Westfield man was arrested and jailed Monday on charges stemming from a fatal hit-run crash that occurred more than seven years ago on Route 287, according to state police.

The driver, Simon Eugene Gigee, of the 900 block of Ladd Road, was arraigned before District Judge Robert Repard on two counts of crashes involving death or personal injury.

The charges stem from a late-morning crash three miles south of here on Oct. 27, 2006, that claimed the life of 34-year-old Rhonda Fromm and injured her 38-year-old husband, Michael. The couple lived in the Lawrenceville area.

Gigee fled the scene following the crash that occurred when a stolen homemade trailer his southbound pickup truck was pulling came detached from the truck.

The trailer crossed into the northbound lane and collided with the left front fender of a Dodge Intrepid driven by Rhonda Fromm. This caused the car to spin in a clockwise direction which then struck a guardrail before overturning on its roof.

Rhonda Fromm was pronounced dead at the scene by Tioga County Coroner Dr. James Wilson while her husband, a front-seat passenger, was treated at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital in Wellsboro.

Gigee talked to several people about the crash “in their presence.” A woman riding with Gigee at the time of the crash “was located and named Gigee as the driver,” The woman’s identity was not released.

Gigee was committed to the Tioga County Prison in lieu of $100,000 bail.

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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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