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Lehighton PSP probed crashes

Published December 15. 2009 05:00PM

State police at Lehighton reported on crashes investigated by troopers in recent days.

A crash was reported at 6 p.m. on Dec. 10 along Silver Springs Blvd., in Polk Township, Monroe County. Troopers said Richard L. Finelli, 17, of Saylorsburg, was driving a 1999 BMW westbound at a high rate of speed when the car hit an icy patch. Finelli lost control of the car when it "fish-tailed" into the eastbound lane. Finelli attempted to correct his steering but continued out-of-control across the eastbound lane and onto the berm. The car then traveled down a small embankment, striking trees and scrubs before coming to rest facing south in a swamp area.

Damages were severe to the car but Finelli was not injured. He was cited for driving a vehicle at a (un) safe speed.

Troopers investigated a crash about 4:20 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 11, along SR534, near Hemlock Lane, in Polk Township. Troopers said Laura R. Labargo, 47, of Kunkletown, and Braulio Velez, 81, of Effort, were both westbound. Velez began to slow down to make a left turn when his 2000 Dodge Intepid was struck in the rear by Labargo's 2007 Chevrolet Equinox. No one was injured but both vehicles sustained severe damages, troopers said.

Labargo was cited for following too closely.

A two vehicle crash occurred about 5:51 p.m. on Dec. 8 along SR115 in Ross Township, Monroe County. Troopers said Conrad D. Hickethier, 76, of East Stroudsburg, was northbound in a 2004 Ford Ranger pickup truck and entering a posted construction zone. He failed to stop and struck the front end of a 2004 Dodge Ram pickup truck on the driver's side rear. The Dodge was a construction vehicle that was moving into position to remove a large piece of equipment and was across both lanes of travel. It also had a flashing yellow light on it and a flag man present to stop traffic, troopers said.

No one was injured. Both lanes were closed for about an hour, troopers added. Troopers noted Hickethier was cited.

Troopers investigated a crash about 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12, along Hahn's Dairy Road in Lower Towamensing Township, Carbon County. Troopers said Thoams Cancelliere Jr., 30, of Winston Salem, N.C., was driving a 1992 Lincoln Town Car eastbound when he became distracted when his cell phone rang. He reached for the phone and his vehicle went onto the south berm and hit a tree with the passenger side front.

After impact with the tree the car continued on and struck a larger tree with its front end.

Cancelliere was not injured. Troopers said he was cited for traveling on roadways laned for traffic.

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