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State police give details of area crashes

State police at Lehighton reported investigating the following crashes:

• A one-vehicle, hit-and-run crash was reported at 1:11 p.m. on April 24 along Gilbert Road in Polk Township, Monroe County. Troopers said Joshua T. Paiz, 19, of Kresgeville, was driving a 2012 Toyota RAV4 when his vehicle left the road and struck a mailbox along the berm. Paiz, who was not injured, left the scene.

He was cited for accidents involving damage to unattended vehicle or property.

• A one-vehicle crash occurred at 10:52 p.m. on April 25 along Route 248 in Parryville, Carbon County. Troopers said Alexandra M. Abruzzi, 24, of Slatington, was driving a 2013 Dodge Dart eastbound when the vehicle went onto the berm and struck a center guide rail. The vehicle then rotated counterclockwise and came to final reset in the center of the two eastbound lanes.

Abruzzi was injured and taken to the Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest, by Lehighton ambulance.

She was cited for the crash.


• A crash occurred at 2:32 p.m. on April 23 along Interstate 81 in Hazle Township. James M. Kuzma, 33, of Mahanoy City, was driving a 2015 Mack truck southbound in the left lane as Hasan A. Kafi, 60, of Durham, North Carolina, driving a 2014 Volvo truck, was in the right lane. Kafi merged into the left lane striking Kuzma’s truck with his. Kuzma suffered a hand injury but did not require medical attention. Kafi was not injured. Both vehicles were driven from the scene.

Kafi was cited.


• State police at the Pocono barracks said a crash occurred at 4:10 p.m. on April 26 along the turnpike in South Whitehall Township.

Troopers said William E. Stewart, 30, of Weatherly, was northbound in the right lane driving a 2016 Kenworth truck and swerved to the right to avoid striking a rocky embankment. The truck came to rest, blocking the left and right lanes and was engulfed in flames. Terence A. Spiker, 59, of Jim Thorpe, was northbound in the left lane in a 2019 Chevrolet Silverado truck.

When Stewart’s truck hit the embankment it kicked up a rock that struck the windshield of the Silverado. Stewart sustained minor wrist injuries and was treated at the scene. Spiker was not injured.

Troopers did not indicate if the truck was destroyed by the fire.