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State police re-examine fatal crash

Investigators close Hanover Twp. parkway on Tuesday to gather evidence.

April 23. 2013 11:47PM

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HANOVER TWP. — The Sans Souci Parkway was shut down for several hours Tuesday as state police took measurements, attempting to reconstruct a fatal crash earlier this month.

Daniel Markowski, 68, of Nanticoke, died as a result of injuries he suffered in the crash, township police said.

Markowski was ejected from his 1998 Chevrolet when it was struck from behind by a 1996 Honda driven by John Ward, 21, of Nanticoke, at about 11:05 p.m. April 10, police said.

Markowski was taken to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Plains Township, where he died. The cause of death was multiple traumatic injuries, according to the Luzerne County Coroner’s Office.

Flowers, candles and other items, including a sign with Markowski’s name, have been placed near the crash site in a field alongside the parkway.

Police allege Ward was traveling south in the passing lane on the Sans Souci and struck the rear of Markowski’s vehicle that had pulled onto the parkway from the parking lot of the Hampton House assisted living facility. The impact caused Markowski’s vehicle to roll over, ejecting him, police said.

Ward and a 17-year-old female passenger in his vehicle were taken to Wilkes-Barre General Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

Police believe Ward was traveling at a high rate of speed before the crash. Also, alcohol might have been involved, police said.

State police on Tuesday took measurements of the parkway from the Hampton House parking lot to where the two vehicles came to rest after the impact. Traffic was detoured onto Main Road through Hanover Green and Buttonwood.

After completing their tasks on the parkway, state police went to Falzone’s Towing on North Empire Street, Wilkes-Barre, to inspect the two vehicles.

No charges have been filed.


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