The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

April 1, 2013

Driver in 5-car fatal Kelly Twp crash treated, released

By Evamarie Socha
The Daily Item

— LEWISBURG -- The driver of a 2009 Cadillac that allegedly caused a five-vehicle crash on Route 15, leaving a Turbotville woman dead, was treated and released from Evangelical Community Hospital, according to the nursing supervisor.

It's not yet clear if Edward Peace, 81, of Gorham, N.Y., will face charges, said state police, citing the continuing investigation.

Ellen Marie Kear, 35, of Turbotville, was pronounced dead at the scene by Union County Coroner Wanda Walters. Kear was thrown from her vehicle after Peace's car struck it head on and ultimately landed on top of Kear.

Peace was allegedly driving his car on the wrong side of Route 15 when the crash occurred about 9 p.m. Sunday night, according to Sgt. Frederick Dyroff of the state police at Milton. Troopers no sooner received a call of a vehicle driving south on the northbound side when report of the crash came in, he said.

The accident occurred at Route 15 and AJK Boulevard in Kelly Township, about three miles north of Lewisburg borough. There, Peace reportedly ran a red light and sideswiped one vehicle, then collided head-on with Kear's vehicle, pushing it into the front of another vehicle. A fifth car tried to avoid the wreck but was struck by the fourth car.

No other drivers or passengers were injured, Dyroff said. Route 15 was closed until about 3:15 a.m. Monday for the accident investigation.

State police have not yet released names of the other parties involved. Daily Item will update as information becomes available.