Head-on col­li­sion kills pas­sen­ger, in­jures driv­ers

Driver lost con­trol of his ve­hi­cle on snow and ice cov­ered Price­town Road

The Kutztown Area Patriot - - LOCAL NEWS - By Lisa Mitchell lmitchell@21st-cen­tu­ry­media. com @kutz­town­pa­triot on Twit­ter

A ve­hi­cle went out of con­trol on a snow and ice cov­ered road­way, col­lid­ing head on with another ve­hi­cle, killing a pas­sen­ger and in­jur­ing both driv­ers in Ruscombmanor Town­ship on Jan. 30.

State Po­lice at Read­ing re­port that the crash oc­curred in the 3400 block of Price­town Road (Route 12) in Ruscombmanor Town­ship at 10:03 p.m. on Jan. 30.

Niko­las Hil­bert, 19, Or­wigs­burg, was driv­ing west on Route 12, ne­go­ti­at­ing a left curve when he lost con­trol of his ve­hi­cle on the snow and ice cov­ered road­way. His ve­hi­cle trav­eled into the on­com­ing lane of travel, strik­ing a ve­hi­cle head on.

Driver Danilo Ramos, 23, Read­ing, had to be ex­tri­cated from the ve­hi­cle and was trans­ported to Read­ing Hos­pi­tal with mod­er­ate in­juries. The pas­sen­ger, Franklin Sudler, 23, Read­ing, died at the scene as the re­sult of in­juries sus­tained in the crash, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

Hil­bert sus­tained mi­nor in­juries.

Price­town Road was closed in both di­rec­tions from Route 73 to Wal­nut­town Road for about four hours.

Po­lice re­port that the in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­mains open.

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