W. Norriton man dies in Turnpike accident
A West Norriton man lost his life Monday morning following a traffic accident on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
Michael R. San Felice, 66, was killed when a box truck overturned, trapping two occupants and blocking off both eastbound lanes, closing a seven-mile stretch of the roadway between the Valley Forge exit and the Norristown exit.
Although the accident occurred at approximately 8:30 a.m., police withheld the name of the victim in order to provide adequate time to notify all family members. The information was released at a 3:30 p.m. press conference at the West Norriton Township Building.
“We thank you for your patience in requesting information as the children were literally just notified as they finished their day of school,” said state Rep. Mike Vereb, R-150, who served as a spokesman for the family.
San Felice, who had been an employee of the Pennsylvania Turnpike for 12 years, starting as a mechanic before working for highway maintenance, is survived by his wife, Kathleen, daughters Joy Ronan and Monica Spataccino and three grandchildren.
“Anyone who knew Mike, his
was all about his three grandchildren,” said Vereb. “Today, Pennsylvania, Montgomery County, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission and our family here in West Norriton Township lost a strong leader and a dear friend.”
In addition to working for the Pennsylvania Turnpike for the last 12 years, San Felice had served in the U.S. Army for two years, including a one-year tour in Vietnam. He also served as the director of the Jefferson Fire Company since 1985.
The stretch of road where the accident occurred was closed for nearly eight hours EHIRUH EHLnJ UHRSHnHG WR WUaIfiF aW aSSUR[Lmately 4 p.m. The Turnpike Commission, along with the state police, is currently investigating the incident.
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