Friday, February 1, 2008

Update On Pedestrian Death

Last Update: 1/27/2008 12:30:00 AM
Man is struck, killed on Route 222 in Maidencreek Township
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A Lehigh County man was killed Saturday night when a sport utility vehicle struck him as he tried to walk across Route 222 about 100 yards south of Route 73 in Maidencreek Township, Northern Berks Regional police said. Police gave this account: Leroy Weidner, 80, of Breinigsville was crossing the highway shortly before 7 when he was struck by a southbound vehicle driven by Arlan R. Remaly, 57, of South Heidelberg Township. Remaly immediately pulled over. The highway was closed for two hours from Route 73 south to Dries Road.

Weidner was crossing the highway to get from a convenience store to the parking lot of another convenience store where he had parked his car. His wife, Annabelle, 77, was waiting for him in the car. An investigation continues. Weidner was pronounced dead at 7:25 p.m. by Second Chief Deputy Berks County Coroner Wally Woytovich, officials said. A certificate of accidental death was issued. Weidner was the third person to die this year as a result of accidents on county roads.

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