NORTH COVENTRY — A 50-year-old man was killed Sunday when the vehicle he was traveling in on Route 100 was struck by another vehicle which crossed the center line.
Dean Secord, of Honey Brook, was driving his 2006 Chrysler Pacifica with two juvenile passengers and headed north around 10:17 a.m. when Pamela Fischer, 57, of Lancaster, driving a 2005 Saab station wagon southbound allegedly crossed over the center line and struck Secord’s Chrysler roughly 150 yards north of the entrance of the Old Philadelphia Public House.
“An overlap impact occurred in the northbound travel lane, causing the left front corner of the Saab to contact the left front corner of the Chrysler,” a release from the North Coventry Police said. “The Saab came to rest in the center lane facing west and the Chrysler came to rest along the northbound shoulder and curb line facing northwest.”
Mark Warner, a North Coventry resident, was heading to church when he passed the scene a minute or two after the crash occurred.
Emergency crews had not yet arrived but he said he could see a person outside of both vehicles, presumably good samaritans.
“You could see people in both the vehicles,” he said. “In the center, the woman was moving.”
He said the Saab’s windshield was broken and it was smoking.
North Coventry Police responded to the scene along with East Coventry, Lower Pottsgrove, West Pottsgrove, East Vincent, West Vincent and state police. North Coventry and Ridge fire companies also responded to the scene with fire police from multiple units shutting down Route 100 between Favinger and Hoffecker Roads.
Goodwill and West End (out of Phoenixville) ambulances arrived at the scene and took Fischer to the Old Coventry Pub on Route 100 near the Temple Road intersection where a helicopter received her and transported her to Lehigh Valley Medical Center for treatment.
Secord was taken from his vehicle via a Goodwill ambulance crew to the gravel parking lot outside the Old Philadelphia Public House.
Patty Evans, an owner of the establishment, said she was inside with two others watching the scene when the ambulance pulled in to where a medevac helicopter waited.
“They pulled him out of the ambulance and I could see them doing chest compressions,” she said. “Then they stopped and the helicopter (rotors stopped).”
Crews took Secord to Pottstown Memorial Medical Center where he was pronounced dead, according to police.
The juveniles who were in his car suffered “minor injuries,” the release said.
Route 100 remained closed for 4 1/2 hours while North Coventry Police conducted a crash reconstruction to investigate, officials said.
Warner said the roadway was not iced over or “slippery” when the crash occurred.
North Coventry Police said that investigation was ongoing Sunday afternoon after the road reopened.
This version updates the story with additional details and corrects the agency conducting the crash reconstruction.