Coroner’s report: fatal crash on River Road
MUNCY – On Monday, Augusst 10 an elderly man, who may have suffered a medical episode behind the wheel, died when his van drifted down an embankment and into the Susquehanna River.
The Lycoming County Coroner’s Office and PA State Police were called to the scene of a
fatal crash in the 500 Block of River Road in Muncy. The deceased was 79 year old, Kenneth E. Hill of River Rd., Muncy.
The deceased was traveling west on River Rd. when he was witnessed weaving the on the roadway and suddenly left the roadway, going over the embankment flipping over onto the roof in the Susquehanna River. The deceased was found to be pulseless and not breathing by witnesses to the crash. The cause of death is due to blunt force chest trauma which was secondary to probable cardiac arrest while driving. The deceased was unrestrained resulting in the blunt force chest rauma. The deceased was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:15 PM on August 10,
Shortly before 1 p.m., Muncy Area volunteer firefighters were dispatched to the accident, just off Musser’s Lane, in Muncy Creek Township.
According to a motorist who was behind him, “Mr. Hill kept slowing down, slowing down and then pulled to the side of the road. That makes us believe he may have suffered from an unknown medical condition at the time,” a patrol supervisor at the state police barracks in Montoursville said.
“The berm was just 2 to 3 feet wide. The car then rolled 30 to 40 feet down an embankment and into the (Susquehanna) river,” the supervisor, who responded to the scene, said.
The motorist following Hill jumped out of his car, “but there was nothing he could do for him. The vehicle was partially submerged in the water.
Hill lived on River Road, about a mile from the crash, and he was heading in the direction of his home at the time, police said.
After being extricated from the vehicle, the victim was loaded onto a Clinton Township fire company boat and taken to shore. Hill was pronounced dead at the scene by Lycoming County Coroner Charles E. Kiessling Jr.