Cell phone records reviewed in Avoca pedestrian fatal

By Ed Lewis - [email protected]
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AVOCA — Cell phone records are being reviewed by Luzerne County detectives and borough police in connection with a fatal pedestrian accident on Main Street last week.

A Luzerne County judge permitted detectives to search the cell phone of Gerald J. Dimick Jr., of Scranton, who police say was driving a Jeep Grand Cherokee that struck Leonard L. Ferlick Jr.

The accident happened Aug. 9 in front of the Avoca Municipal Building on Main Street.

Luzerne County Coroner William Lisman said Friday that an autopsy by Dr. Michael Yoder revealed that Ferlick, 72, of Avoca, died from multiple traumatic injuries due to being struck by a motor vehicle. The manner of death is pending the investigation, Lisman said.

Ferlick’s obituary says he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and served during the Vietnam War. He worked at the Tobyhanna Army Depot for 31 years.

According to the search warrant affidavit:

Dimick told authorities he was traveling south on Main Street and did not see a pedestrian crossing the street because he was blinded by the sun. Dimick claimed he raised his hand to shield his eyes from the sun when Ferlick was struck.

Ferlick was launched forward and became airborne over the driver’s side of Dimick’s Jeep before landing on the pavement. He was transported to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Plains Township, where he died.

Detectives noted in the affidavit that the roadway was dry and the weather was warm and clear.

Dimick told authorities at the time of the crash that he was not under the influence of any drugs or alcohol.

No charges have been filed.


By Ed Lewis

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