The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

April 8, 2014

Police Chief: Seat belt may have saved a life today

By Rick Dandes
The Daily Item

— SUNBURY — A woman was injured this afternoon when her Subaru Legacy collided with another vehicle and overturned along North Front Street.

The extent of the woman’s injury is not known, but it could have been worse.

“If she hadn’t been wearing a seat belt,” said Sunbury Police Chief Steve Mazzeo, “she’d be dead.”

It took Sunbury fire and rescue personnel about 25 minutes to extricate her from the Subaru.

The other driver, a man operating a  Town and Country SUV had been parked on the grass near the flood wall, said an eyewitness, who asked that his name not be used. “He all of a sudden pulled off the grass and turned towards the alley.”

The woman swerved to avoid the crash, but he clipped her, crushing the front of the Subaru, causing it to roll over onto it’s hood.

The man, still unidentified, was given a sobriety test on the scene.

The result of those tests was not revealed, but the man was handcuffed and taken into custody on “suspicion of D.U.I.,” said Mazzeo.

Northbound traffic was halted at Packer Street; southbound at the Packer Island Bridge.

The investigation continues.