PV athlete is seriously injured in ATV accident
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS ATV operated by Brock Mitchell, 17, of Summit Hill, is heavily damaged following an accident with a car last night in Summit Hill. Mitchell was flown by helicopter to a Lehigh Valley hospital.
A Summit Hill teen, who is the top scorer on the Panther Valley High School boys' basketball team, was seriously injured in an accident last night, after his ATV collided with a car.
Brock Mitchell, 17, of East Fell Street, was transported by helicopter to a Lehigh Valley hospital following the crash, which occurred at about 8:40 on Pine Street (Route 902) in Summit Hill.
The extent of Mitchell's injuries was not known, but reportedly one of the injuries he sustained was a fractured ankle.
Summit Hill Chief of Police Joseph Fittos declined to verify Mitchell's identity because of his age.
Fittos said the ATV driver was traveling west on East Richard Street an alley between Hazard and Fell Street and pulled onto Pine Street when the impact occurred.
The car was operated by Robert Wieand, 27, of 529 E. Bertsch St., Lansford. Neither Wieand, nor any of his passengers were injured.
In the car with Wieand were Melissa May, age unknown, in the front passenger seat, and Kelleen May, 5, and Robert Wieand, 3, both in the back seat.
Both front air bags in the car deployed. The windshield of Wieand's car was smashed.
The impact resulted in the four-wheeler coming to rest approximately 30-feet from the car. Mitchell was thrown from the vehicle.
Summit Hill police were assisted by borough police from Lansford.
Also at the scene were the Diligence Fire Company of Summit Hill, Lansford Ambulance, and paramedics from Lehighton Ambulance.
Summit Hill Fire Police handled traffic control. Traffic was diverted off Pine Street via White Street and Oak Street. Pine Street was closed for more than an hour because of the accident.
Mitchell has been an outstanding basketball and football player for Panther Valley High School. In basketball so far this season, he was the high scorer in two of the three games, averaging nearly 17 points per game.