Police: Racing Was Cause of Motorist Death

January 14th, 2016 by Rieders Travis in Car Accidents

PENNSDALE – When Matthew S. Edmondson lost control of the Audi he was driving on Lycoming Mall Drive and crashed into an SUV, killing him and injuring two adults in the other vehicle on Oct. 20, the 23-year-old Montoursville man was drag racing and traveling in excess of 80 mph, according to Muncy Township police.

Police allege that Edmondson was racing with 20-year-old Nathan Riley Hans, of 125 Henry Avenue, Hughesville, who was driving a Volkswagen Jetta when the crash occurred about 9 p.m.

Hans has been charged with five misdemeanor counts of recklessly endangering as well as one count each of careless driving, reckless driving, racing on a highway and speeding.

A Montandon couple and their two children, ages 7 and 4, were in a Jeep Liberty when Edmondson’s westbound out-of-control car was coming right at them, skidding sideways in the eastbound lane, police said.

Township Police Chief Christopher McKibben said the driver of the Jeep, Lindsey Meyer, “really had no time to react at all.” While the children escaped injury, Meyer suffered facial injuries and her husband, Allen, suffered a cracked rib, Patrolman Bryan Bingaman said in an affidavit.

Hans, who told police he saw the crash, admitted that he and Edmondson, who was killed instantly in the crash, were racing after the two pulled out of the Halls Station Sub Station, Bingaman said.

When asked directly if the two were racing, Hans said “Yes, well sort of. It wasn’t like we planned to race, but we were both speeding,” the officer wrote in the affidavit.

Edmondson lost control on the curve where Lycoming Mall Drive intersects with John Brady Drive. Hans told police he believed Edmondson was going “at least 10 mph faster than me.”

While Edmondson was traveling in excess of 80 mph, Hans was driving in excess of 60 mph, where the speed limit is 45 mph, Bingaman said.

The excess speeds were determined by state police analysis of evidence collected at the scene, including videos from two businesses that recorded the alleged racing, Bingaman said.

Hans remained at the crash scene and the Jetta he was driving was impounded by investigators.

Hans has been sent a summons to appear before District Judge Jon E. Kemp for a preliminary hearing next week.

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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