Two Drivers Killed Near Lycoming Mall

November 25th, 2013 by Rieders Travis in Car Accidents

Head-on crash Friday afternoon turned deadly in Fairfield Township when one driver died at the scene, and the other driver later died at Williamsport Regional Medical Center, according to state police at Montoursville and the Lycoming County Coroner’s office.

Bethany G. Hughes, 23, and Paul L. Kremser, 90, both of Montoursville, died as a result of the accident.

Kremser was driving a 2013 grey Chevrolet Silverado pick-up truck west on Lycoming Mall Drive around 2:20 p.m., when he allegedly drifted across the double-yellow lines into the other lane near Tules Run development, police said.

He struck head-on the eastbound silver 2013 Jeep Patriot Hughes was driving, a witness told police.

Hughes was unresponsive, and died at the scene, according to Trooper Douglass Hoffman.

Kremser initially was unconscious, but became alert as he was transported to Williamsport Regional Hospital, Hoffman said. Geisinger’s Life Flight could not come due to the weather, Hoffman said.

Kremser died after 7 p.m. at the hospital, Kiessling said.

Both drivers had to be removed from the vehicles, Hoffman said.

While it is yet unclear why Kremser allegedly crossed the center line, alcohol and drugs were not a factor, Hoffman said.

The road was closed for more than two hours, but re-opened around 5 p.m.

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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