Two Injured In Three-Vehicle NorCo Crash

NORTH COVENTRY PA – A three-vehicle crash that occurred Wednesday (June 28, 2017) at about 4:30 p.m. on U.S. Route 422 at its Route 100 overpass resulted in one passenger being taken to Pottstown Memorial Medical Center with chest pain. Additionally, one of the three drivers involved complained of neck pain but declined emergency assistance.

A different driver involved, according to North Coventry Township Police Department officers who investigated, was cited for following another vehicle too closely.

Ticketed was William Koyste of Fleetwood, police reported on the department website. Officers say he occupied the third of three cars traveling west on 422 in the center lane. The front vehicle in the line was driven by Stephanie E. Kirkner of Pottstown, followed in the second vehicle at center occupied by Janet L. Howard of Reading. Koyste’s vehicle was at the rear.

While on the overpass bridge, the vehicles driven by Kirkner and Howard both slowed and stopped in their lane, “due to stopped traffic in front of them,” the report indicated. Koyste, police alleged, followed Howard “at a distance that was closer than was reasonable and prudent for the speed and conditions that existed, and struck” Howard’s vehicle from behind.

Howard’s vehicle, in turn, “was pushed forward and struck the rear end of” Kirkner’s vehicle.

Koyste’s passenger, Carol Koyste, who told police she incurred chest pain, was transported by Goodwill Ambulance to the hospital. Kirkner said she incurred neck pain but declined treatment. The three vehicles, all of which were left with what police described as “disabling” damage, were towed from the scene.

Police were assisted on-site by the North Coventry Fire Company and North Coventry Fire Police, and Goodwill.

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