Pedestrian killed in I-81 truck accident

Pedestrian killed in I-81 truck accident

There are 54 comments on the Public Opinion story from Sep 26, 2008, titled Pedestrian killed in I-81 truck accident. In it, Public Opinion reports that:

A Schnecksville woman was killed in a truck accident on Interstate 81 while standing outside her car Thursday.

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Trauma King

Manahawkin, NJ

#21 Sep 26, 2008
always right,

I think we have all been guilty of that maneuver in our life time.
my two cents

Waynesboro, PA

#22 Sep 26, 2008
Speakwhat wrote:
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If you ever get run off the road with a Canadian truck driver, lots of luck understanding them. Truck drivers are like everyone else, there are good ones and bad ones. Now there are Mexican truck drivers out there also. Just drive defensively and pray.
I've had a couple of near misses on 81 having commuted on it for years, and let me tell you they were all by other cars, not trucks.
always right

Harrisonville, PA

#23 Sep 26, 2008
Think about this...
All the comments saying "she shouldn't have done this" or "if she would have done that". The husband and family will be thinking those same thoughts for a long time to come. I don't think they need our help with it. I feel deeply heartbroken for them, and hope they eventually have some peace with it.
mom4

Wilmington, DE

#24 Sep 26, 2008
Dean 1 wrote:
<quoted text>lol Yeah I figured that out after I thought I was losing my mind. lol.
I never could figure out why the PO has so many articles, at times, saying the very same thing with no new information regarding the same subject.
Henerey Horn

Aspers, PA

#25 Sep 26, 2008
Truckers are sloppy today. They used to be more professional.
Kristen Miller

Philadelphia, PA

#26 Sep 26, 2008
My father and I were two of about six civilians that stopped to help at this accident. We had been traveling down 81 on our way to my grandmother's funeral. I didn't read everyone's comments here because I see a lot of them are about irresponsible truckers. I would just like to let everyone know that two semi truck drivers stopped at the accident, and one of them performed CPR on Mrs. Pieroni relentlessly while the other waved traffic into the left lane so the others would not be in danger. I have seen good and bad examples of trucker driving and behavior. Lets face it, no one is perfect.
What Else Is New

Middleburg, FL

#27 Sep 26, 2008
Oh God, again? Didn't this just occur the other day to a man along 81? What is going on? Can't people stay in their lanes anymore? If I ever have to stop on 81, you can bet I'm getting out of my car and as far away as possible from the road. It's a death trap to be anywhere near your vehicle - apparently.
Salt and Pepper

Middleburg, FL

#28 Sep 26, 2008
anon wrote:
Curious, do you have a problem with truckers? Let me tell you, my husband is a trucker and I have ridden with him many times. The crazy 4 wheelers out there are more of a hazard then the truckers are. Un ortunately the trucks are larger than the cars and take up more room. Before you bash anybody you better thank the truckers for your next meal.
Oh give it a rest. I've seen too many truckers driving way too fast, and putting my life at risk by riding two feet from my rear bumper. They KNOW they can't stop fast and yet they drive that way anyhow - knowing full well they're driving a deadly weapon. I think they deserve all the bashing they get, except maybe for a very few conscientious ones.

And I don't need to thank them. In my opinion, this country needs to get rid of the tractor-trailers and go back to rail transportation of freight. It would not only save a lot of oil, it would save a lot of lives too.

“Don't look back.”

Since: Sep 08

New Orleans, La

#29 Sep 26, 2008
Kristen Miller wrote:
My father and I were two of about six civilians that stopped to help at this accident. We had been traveling down 81 on our way to my grandmother's funeral. I didn't read everyone's comments here because I see a lot of them are about irresponsible truckers. I would just like to let everyone know that two semi truck drivers stopped at the accident, and one of them performed CPR on Mrs. Pieroni relentlessly while the other waved traffic into the left lane so the others would not be in danger. I have seen good and bad examples of trucker driving and behavior. Lets face it, no one is perfect.
Kristen,

At no time did Mrs. Pieroni go into cardiac arrest, she did have agonal respirations with a pulse. Ventilations were assisted as her respiratory rate was only 6 and shallow at best.I know this because I am the one that preformed this until EMS arrived. I was on my way to Rhode island from Fayetteville,Pa and was going NB on I-81 and crossed the median in my Dodge Caravan. I was the one in the HD shirt, jeans and snake skin boots. I am a Maryland Paramedic that just happened to be at the right place at the right time.

Since: Aug 08

Shippensburg, PA

#30 Sep 26, 2008
my two cents wrote:
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Well unless the driver was riding on the edge on the road, which is pretty much impossible to do for long b/c of the rumble strips, then common sense tells you she stepped onto the road. Everyone is so quick to blame the driver, but she was the one parking alongside the interstate, which you are not permitted to do, unless it is an emergency situation.
She did not step into traffic. As a matter of fact, her vehicle was far enough off the road that she was even parked somewhat in the grass. Those rumble strips don't stop a thing, just makes noise as the vehicle runs over it. Since she was off the road to the side, this shows that the truck was out of his lane of travel

Since: Aug 08

Shippensburg, PA

#31 Sep 26, 2008
Trauma King wrote:
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Kristen,
At no time did Mrs. Pieroni go into cardiac arrest, she did have agonal respirations with a pulse. Ventilations were assisted as her respiratory rate was only 6 and shallow at best.I know this because I am the one that preformed this until EMS arrived. I was on my way to Rhode island from Fayetteville,Pa and was going NB on I-81 and crossed the median in my Dodge Caravan. I was the one in the HD shirt, jeans and snake skin boots. I am a Maryland Paramedic that just happened to be at the right place at the right time.
You are to be commended for your selfless giving. I have also heard from one on the scene that you were the reason that she lived until she made it to Hershey. Thank you so much for everything you do on a daily basis.
Kristen Miller

Philadelphia, PA

#32 Sep 26, 2008
Trauma King wrote:
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Kristen,
At no time did Mrs. Pieroni go into cardiac arrest, she did have agonal respirations with a pulse. Ventilations were assisted as her respiratory rate was only 6 and shallow at best.I know this because I am the one that preformed this until EMS arrived. I was on my way to Rhode island from Fayetteville,Pa and was going NB on I-81 and crossed the median in my Dodge Caravan. I was the one in the HD shirt, jeans and snake skin boots. I am a Maryland Paramedic that just happened to be at the right place at the right time.
Hi, yes I remember you too. I definitely don't know anything about medical rescue terms, sorry, all I remember seeing was a woman truck driver breathing into her mouth. I retract my words, it was not CPR. There were truck drivers there though, that did try to help, and that was my one and only point.
bldglvr

Allentown, PA

#33 Sep 26, 2008
It's a real tragedy. She was a loving mother of 5 children, had 10 grandchildren under the age of 12 and one on the way. She spent the last couple of years taking care of both of her elderly parents before they both passed and she was finally getting to enjoy retirement and travel with her husband. She was taken too soon; after taking care of everyone else for so long, she was ready to enjoy her life for once. This family is very tightknit and close; these days you don't find families like this family. They always made time to spend time with each other most weekends, even though 2 of the children and their families lived a good distance drive out of town. She is going to be sadly missed. Her family is absolutely devestated by this tragedy. She was a generous, caring, soft spoken woman with a heart who spent her life raising her kids, enjoying her grandkids and taking care of parents; was very involved with her church and well-known in her community. Everyone loved her.
They pulled over to switch drivers and were on their way out of state for a weekend trip. I'm not sure why they changed positions. Her poor husband witnessed the whole thing, picked her up from out of the road and started CPR until help came.
She is going to be greatly missed by all thatloved her.
bldglvr

Allentown, PA

#34 Sep 26, 2008
I thank you so much for stopping to help. Mrs. Pieroni's life. I got little information from my aunt (my aunt is one of Mrs. Pieroni's daughters) as I did not want to ask to many questions....she did say that her dad picked her up and gave her CPR. I am glad that you came to the aid of her, being experienced. I know that the family greatly appreciates what you did. God bless you.
Trauma King wrote:
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Kristen,
At no time did Mrs. Pieroni go into cardiac arrest, she did have agonal respirations with a pulse. Ventilations were assisted as her respiratory rate was only 6 and shallow at best.I know this because I am the one that preformed this until EMS arrived. I was on my way to Rhode island from Fayetteville,Pa and was going NB on I-81 and crossed the median in my Dodge Caravan. I was the one in the HD shirt, jeans and snake skin boots. I am a Maryland Paramedic that just happened to be at the right place at the right time.
bldglvr

Allentown, PA

#35 Sep 26, 2008
Kristen, thank you for taking the time to stop and help out...on your way to a funeral yourself no less. That was very selfless. I am sure the family appreciates what you did. God bless you.
Kristen Miller wrote:
My father and I were two of about six civilians that stopped to help at this accident. We had been traveling down 81 on our way to my grandmother's funeral. I didn't read everyone's comments here because I see a lot of them are about irresponsible truckers. I would just like to let everyone know that two semi truck drivers stopped at the accident, and one of them performed CPR on Mrs. Pieroni relentlessly while the other waved traffic into the left lane so the others would not be in danger. I have seen good and bad examples of trucker driving and behavior. Lets face it, no one is perfect.
bldglvr

Allentown, PA

#36 Sep 26, 2008
Trauma King and Kristen,

Mrs. Pieroni's obituaary will be in our local newspaper tomorrow, at www.mcall.com . Please visit the site; you can choose if you want to leave an email address to be contaced. I spoke with my aunt and the family would like to express their gratitude for all of your help.

Mr. Pieroni did speak highly of all the people who were wonderful enough to stop to help. Trauma King, was it you who drove her husband to the hospital?

“Don't look back.”

Since: Sep 08

New Orleans, La

#37 Sep 26, 2008
bldglvr wrote:
Trauma King and Kristen,
Mrs. Pieroni's obituaary will be in our local newspaper tomorrow, at www.mcall.com . Please visit the site; you can choose if you want to leave an email address to be contaced. I spoke with my aunt and the family would like to express their gratitude for all of your help.
Mr. Pieroni did speak highly of all the people who were wonderful enough to stop to help. Trauma King, was it you who drove her husband to the hospital?
No it was not I that transported Mr.Pieroni to the hospital but members of the EMS/Fire crew. I spoke breifly tonight with the ALS provider about the incident, very tragic, my heart and thoughts are with Mr.Pieroni and his family. I wish there could have been more we could have done. Please except my condolences and heartfelt sorrow in this difficult time.

Although I do not work in this Fire/EMS community everyone came together and worked as a well oiled machine and in unison in the rapid care and transport of Mrs. Pieroni. Time was not on our side. We take it to heart and personal when the outcome is as it was.

God Bless

“Don't look back.”

Since: Sep 08

New Orleans, La

#38 Sep 26, 2008
AShipGirl wrote:
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You are to be commended for your selfless giving. I have also heard from one on the scene that you were the reason that she lived until she made it to Hershey. Thank you so much for everything you do on a daily basis.
AshipGirl,

Your words are kind and comforting but I have no doubt that anyone with the same background in the same situation would have acted in the same manor.It was not the efforts of one but the concerted efforts of the system from the husband to the layperson responder,911 and the Fire dept and EMS ( Shippensburg) ALS ( Advanced Life Support provider/ Paramedic (West Shore) and the aero medical response helicopter and crew (Life Lion from Hershey Trauma Center) that came together that gave at least a small to nil chance of a positive outcome which wasn't to be. All are to be commended for the efforts put forth on this tragic event as all resorces were put into motion as it is every day of every month of every year.

All of are our brothers and sisters keepers.
Truck Drivers Wife

Fayetteville, PA

#39 Sep 26, 2008
anon wrote:
Curious, do you have a problem with truckers? Let me tell you, my husband is a trucker and I have ridden with him many times. The crazy 4 wheelers out there are more of a hazard then the truckers are. Un ortunately the trucks are larger than the cars and take up more room. Before you bash anybody you better thank the truckers for your next meal.
Amen Sista!!
bldglvr

Allentown, PA

#40 Sep 26, 2008
I absolutely believe that you all did what you could do for Mrs. Pieroni. I have worked in the healthcare field since 1991 and my ex-husband is a fireman, EMT, and was previously a 911 dispatcher. I know how all of you don't blink an eye to helping out when needed but to those who don't work in the field because it is instilled in you and you do what seems natural but to others you are not in the field, you are taken as very special people.

Thank you for your condolences. Please do post on the mcall website obituary. I know the family really wants to extend their appreciativeness to you, for all that you tried to do to help Mirella.
Trauma King wrote:
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No it was not I that transported Mr.Pieroni to the hospital but members of the EMS/Fire crew. I spoke breifly tonight with the ALS provider about the incident, very tragic, my heart and thoughts are with Mr.Pieroni and his family. I wish there could have been more we could have done. Please except my condolences and heartfelt sorrow in this difficult time.
Although I do not work in this Fire/EMS community everyone came together and worked as a well oiled machine and in unison in the rapid care and transport of Mrs. Pieroni. Time was not on our side. We take it to heart and personal when the outcome is as it was.
God Bless

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