2nd Woman Dies in Storefront Crash in Butler County

May 19, 2020

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The Middlesex Township police department announced the death of a 36-year old woman after she succumbed to her injuries after the vehicle she was in crashed into a convenience store this past weekend. Patricia Collins, 36, was pronounced dead on Sunday, May 17 at UPMC Presbyterian. Another passenger, Kimberly Young, 39, died at the scene of the crash. Young was sitting in the front seat at the time of the incident, while Collins was a backseat passenger.

The driver of the vehicle was taken to UPMC Mercy with moderate injuries. The Middlesex Township police department said that the car was speeding down Dwellington Drive and went airborne before crashing into CoGo’s front window, according to eyewitness reports. The accident occurred shortly after midnight on Sunday, May 17th. The local police department stated that the car was entirely inside the store when found.

While the reason for the crash is still under investigation, Middlesex Township Officer Conrad Pfeifer said that alcohol is believed to have contributed to the accident. All three women involved in the crash were neighbors and lived in close proximity to the CoGo’s convenience store.

Not the First Time This Happened

Back in 2018, eight people were injured after a vehicle crashed into the storefront of a hair salon in Brentwood Towne Square. The driver of that vehicle, now, 59-year old, Kevin Kiley, jumped the curb moments before crashing into the BoRic’s Hair Care salon. The driver is said to have suffered a medical emergency at the time of the accident.

Storefront Crashes Are More Common Than You Think

While storefront crashes are probably one of the last ones to come to mind when you think of an accident, you’d be surprised to learn that they are unfortunately common in the state of Pennsylvania. In fact, according to the Storefront Safety Council, there are 60 storefront crashes per day across the country. These incidents have injured over 4,000 people annually and claimed the lives of 500. Storefront crashes are most commonly the result of:

  • Drunk or distracted drivers
  • Medical emergencies
  • Ram Raids
  • Defective auto parts that increase pedal errors
  • Obscured signs
  • And more

How a Lawyer Can Help

According to statistics provided by the Storefront Safety Council, Pennsylvania ranks number five on the top 10 states with the highest number of these types of crashes. The experienced attorneys at Goodrich & Geist, P.C. have recovered millions for clients who have been injured in motor vehicle accidents, including storefront crashes.They will thoroughly investigate your case, determine the full financial damages you and your family have suffered and develop the strongest possible case against the negligent party.

Contact a Pittsburgh Personal Injury Lawyer to Discuss Your Injury Case in Pennsylvania

Did you or a loved one sustain serious injuries as a result of a storefront crash in Pennsylvania? Don’t let the medical bills pile up while you wait for the negligent party or their insurance company to do the right thing. Right now, you need an aggressive personal injury attorney on your side, fighting to get you the compensation you need, want, and deserve. The skilled attorneys at Goodrich & Geist, P.C. represent clients injured in Pittsburgh and Western PA counties. Call 412-837-8426 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a consultation about your case. We have an office conveniently located at 3634 California Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15212.

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