State Police Reports: car drives through 3 yards, hits tree in Longswamp Township

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Pennsylvania State Police

Toyota Camry drives through 3 yards, strikes tree

Eleanor Bynon, 64, of Bethlehem, sustained a minor injury after being involved in a one-car accident on Aug. 5. The accident occurred at 5:32 p.m. on Old Topton Road in Longswamp Township in Berks County.

Bynon was driving a 2009 Toyota Camry south on Old Topton Road. As the Camry rounded a left hand turn, it traveled off the right side of the road, through three front yards, before hitting a large tree. The Camry came to an uncontrolled rest on its roof on the west side of the road.

Police seek Hit-And-Run driver


Police are looking for a driver and vehicle involved in a one-car accident that took place on Aug. 2 at 3 a.m. on Forgedale Road, a quarter-mile south of Pricetown Road in Rockland Township. An unknown person and vehicle was traveling south on Forgedale Road when it traveled off the right shoulder and struck a PennDOT guardrail. The driver and vehicle then fled the scene undetected and in an unknown manner.

Two-car collision disables one car

A two-car accident left one car disabled on Aug. 2. The accident took place at 4:15 p.m. on Hinterleiter Road at the intersection with Quarry Road. Jay and Janice Hassler, 64 and 65 respectively, of Kutztown, were driving east on Hinterleiter Road in a 2001 Dodge Grand Caravan. A Topton 16-year-old teen was driving south on Quarry Road with a 17-year-old passenger from Topton in a 1997 Honda Civic when they slowed for a yield sign at the intersection. The Topton teen attempted to turn left onto Hinterleiter Road and only looked to the right before entering the intersection where the Hasslers were. Jay Hassler attempted to avoid a collision, but the Civic’s front end made contact with the Grand Caravan’s passenger side. The Civic sustained disabling damage and was towed from the scene.

Two crashes on I-78 on Sunday

Interstate 78 was the site of two one-car accidents on Aug. 11.

The first happened on I-78 Eastbound at the 36.6 mile marker in Greenwich Township at 5:33 p.m. Maisha Muddaththir, 29, of East Orange, N.J., was driving a 2001 Chevrolet Aveo in the left bound lane with two passengers in the car. She attempted to avoid a vehicle ahead of her and activated the brakes. The Aveo skidded approximately 75 feet in a southeast direction before sinking six-feet down in a ditch. All three passengers were taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital via Hamburg Ambulance.

The second accident took place in the westbound lane, three miles from the first one at the 39.6-mile marker in Greenwich Township. Shaun Zimmerman, 35, of New Kensington, PA, was driving a 1998 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup with two passengers when the truck blew out a left rear tire, causing Zimmerman to lose control of the pickup. The truck rotated in a clockwise direction and skidded toward the north embankment, where it struck the embankment, rolling onto its left side and then its roof. All passengers were able to remove themselves from the vehicle.

Wet roadway leads to crash, severe damage to Saturn

Erica Gooley, 21, of Kutztown, was involved in a one-car accident on Aug. 8. The incident took place on Route 737 southbound 100 yards south of Kohlers Hill Road in Greenwich Township at 6 p.m. Gooley was driving a 2000 Saturn SL1 south on 737 and was attempting to make a left-hand curve and lost traction due to the wet road and spun in a counterclockwise direction. The Saturn then made contact with the guardrail along the west edge of the roadway and came to rest blocking the northbound lane facing north. The Saturn suffered severe right front damage in the crash.

Burglars take power tools, generator from Lenhartsville home

A 28-year-old resident of Blue Rocks Road, Lenhartsville, was the victim of a burglary. Between the hours of 4 and 8 p.m, between July 18 and 21, actor(s) opened the unlocked front door and took various DeWalt power tools, a Husky generator, and other items valued at $2,160.

Vehicle vandalism reported in Highland Estates, Kutztown

A 32-year-old resident of Highland Estates Trailer Park in East Kutztown found her 2005 Nissan Altima had been scratched by unknown actor(s) sometime between Aug. 4 and 8, with the damage costing approximately $800.