WILKES-BARRE – The families of two people killed and a woman injured in two separate crashes in the same area along state Route 309 in Hanover Township have filed a lawsuit in Luzerne County Court.
The suit, filed by the families of Shannell Lewis and Adrian Stachurski, as well as Kerry Miscavage, seeks monetary damages against the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and Hanover Township.
The plaintiffs in the suit are represented by the Fellerman & Ciarimboli law firm of Kingston.
The suit alleges wrongful death and negligence and seeks monetary awards on behalf of the families of Stachurski and Lewis as well as Miscavage’s husband.
According to the lawsuit, on April 29, 2011, Stachurski was driving a 2008 Chrysler Sebring on state Route 309 and approaching the intersection of Lehigh Street in Hanover Township. Stachurski lost control of the car while turning onto Route 309 and driving over gravel, causing him to strike a concrete barrier.
Stachurski and Lewis, a passenger in the vehicle, later died of injuries they suffered in the crash.
On March 15, 2012, Kerry Miscavage, a Times Leader employee, was driving a 2004 Saab in the same area and also lost control of her vehicle after sliding on gravel, causing her to strike the concrete barrier. She suffered several injuries and was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
The suit alleges the intersection was covered with loose gravel and sediment, and was improperly maintained by PennDOT and Hanover Township.
The suit says PennDOT and Hanover Township acted negligently and carelessly by allowing the concrete barrier to be where it was without a “safety cushion” and allowing it to remain there when it could cause injury and damage to vehicles that come in contact with it.
The suit alleges PennDOT and the township failed to inspect the roadway, maintain the roadway and to maintain and design a safe concrete barrier.
The deaths of Stachurski and Lewis, according the suit, were caused as a result of the negligence and/or carelessness of PennDOT and the township, as well as the injuries Miscavage sustained.
The suit says Miscavage suffered injuries including broken facial bones, a neck fracture, multiple broken ribs, a punctured lung and a broken ankle that required four surgeries.