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Nesquehoning woman dies in one-car crash

  • Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS The car that was driven by Tara M. Cusanelli, 42, of Nesquehoning, lies on its side following a one-car accident on Route 54 in Nesquehoning early last night. Cusanelli died when she was thrown from the vehicle during the crash.
    Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS The car that was driven by Tara M. Cusanelli, 42, of Nesquehoning, lies on its side following a one-car accident on Route 54 in Nesquehoning early last night. Cusanelli died when she was thrown from the vehicle during the crash.
Published July 07. 2010 05:00PM

A Nesquehoning woman, the mother of two children, died during a one-car accident early last evening on SR54 in the borough.

Tara M. Cusanelli, 42, of 258 W. Columbus Ave., was killed after being ejected from her car after it struck an embankment on the left side of the roadway.

She was pronounced dead at the scene by Carbon County Coroner Bruce A. Nalesnik, who ruled that she died from multiple traumatic injuries.

The accident happened a short distance east of Ametek plant. Officials said for some unknown reason, Cusanelli first went off the right side of the two-lane road, then headed to her left and crossed both lanes before striking the embankment and flipping the vehicle.

She was alone in the car.

Because there was a child's car seat in her vehicle, rescue workers took precautions to make sure there hadn't been a child involved in the accident. After searching the area, and contacting family members, it was assured the victim was by herself.

Chief of Police Sean Smith is in charge of the investigation. He asked that anyone who might have witnessed the accident contact him at (570) 669-9111.

Smith requested assistance from a reconstruction team from the Hazleton barracks of the state police.

Responding to the scene were the Nesquehoning, New Columbus, and Hauto Fire Companies, Nesquehoning Ambulance, and Lehighton Paramedics. Nesquehoning fire police handled crowd control.

An officer from the Rush Township Police Department also assisted Smith.

Route 54 in the vicinity of the accident was closed for about 2 1/2 hours.

Cusanelli is the mother of Kaela Cusanelli of Hometown and Serfino "Sammy" Cusanelli, who lived with her.

Her obituary appears on page 4.

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