Pennsylvania Guardsman Killed in Crash

Pennsylvania Guardsman Killed in Crash

There are 1 comment on the WNEP-TV Moosic story from Aug 25, 2008, titled Pennsylvania Guardsman Killed in Crash. In it, WNEP-TV Moosic reports that:

A Pennsylvania National Guardsman was killed Monday morning in a two-car crash on Route 15 near Lewisburg.

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Ordinary super woman

Middlesex, NY

#1 Aug 31, 2008
Lately on the news I have seen several incidences where someone was hurt and people just walked by. One news story, a dying person was kicked by a passing guard.

Oprah, I would like you to counter those stories with the story of how ordinary poeople help.

My Sister-in-law, Maryanne and her husband Eric were on vacation waiting for their friends outside. They heard a loud crash and turned in time to see a head on collision. Maryanne, an ex-nurse and ex-ambulence volunter, immediately directed her husband to call 911 while she marched across the 4 lane highway in heavy morning traffic to be the first to assess the crash victims. She saw one man getting out of his car, so she went to the other. Sadly, there was nothing she could do to help Guardsman Woodruff. She talked to him and said a prayer. And when she got home, she sent a note to the family to let them know Guardsman Woodruff didn't suffer and offered her prayers and sympathy. Having raised 3 boys herself she knew it would be hard for the family.

I think she is a super woman because she got involved in an ugly situation and did what she could. She probably risked her life crossing the road to get to the victims.

I know she is always ready and willing to help strangers in trouble, even if she is on vacation.

I hope you contact her and have her on your show. She does not know I'm sending this note.

Here's the post from the web.

Pennsylvania Guardsman Killed in Crash

Posted: Aug 25, 2008 10:29 AM EDT

Last Updated: Aug 26, 2008 04:26 AM EDT

Pennsylvania Guardsman Killed in Crash

By Jim Hamill

A Pennsylvania National Guardsman was killed Monday morning in a two-car crash on Route 15 near Lewisburg.

One person was killed Monday
morning when two cars collided
on Route 15 near the
Lewisburg Armory. Photo
courtesy of WGRC.
The East Buffalo Township police chief said a car driven by Specialist Jason Woodruff, 22, of Danville made a left turn into the Lewisburg Armory and was broadsided by an oncoming car.

Woodruff was killed. The driver of the second car, Timothy Losch, 22, of Sunbury was taken to the hospital, treated and released.

The crash closed the northbound lanes of Route 15 for about an hour. All lanes were open by 11 a.m.

Specialist Jason Woodruff's fellow soldiers are dealing with the loss and remembering the soldier for his service to his country.

Woodruff turned into the path of an oncoming car, said police.

"He was just going to work and made it here. It's very unfortunate," said Lieutenant William Medina.

Lt. Medina was just minutes behind the accident. He did not realize who was involved until he recognized Woodruff's car and realized it was one of his soldiers.

"It's tough, very tough to lose one of your own. You come to work, you wake up thinking you're going to work and everything's okay," said Lt. Medina.

Woodruff was with the unit based near Lewisburg for four years. Undoubtedly, he made the left turn from Route 15 into the armory many times before. This time, a car slammed into the passenger side, killing him.

Woodruff is the eleventh Pennsylvania National Guard Soldier to die in a traffic crash in just the last year, according to military officials.

"We do everything we can do to tell soldiers to be careful, be vigilant of surroundings. It's difficult to lose one of your own," added Lt. Medina.

Woodruff was supposed to deploy to Afghanistan with the rest of the unit, but stayed home because of injuries he suffered in training, explained Lt. Medina.

"He was an outstanding soldier, good soldier. He demonstrated commitment to duty, and selflessness. He will be missed by everyone who served with him."

Speed could have played a role in the deadly crash, according to investigators.

Charges could be filed against the other driver, pending the outcome of the investigation said police.

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