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Friday, January 6, 2012

Pedestrian Died After Accidentally Struck Thursday Evening

A woman pedestrian was killed Thursday night when she was struck by a vehicle as she walked along Kings Run Road in Ceres Township, McKean County.

Linda K. Wood, 34, of Barbertown Road, Eldred, PA, was transported to Olean General Hospital by Shinglehouse Ambulance after the 6:00 pm accident, 4/10 of a mile south of Route 44 on Kings Run Road. She did not survive.

State Police investigator Frank R. Millard, in a news release, said that the accident occurred as Wood was walking in the southbound lane of Kings Run Road, while a 2008 GMC Sierra 1500 driven by Russell S. Hartzell, 37, of Eldred, PA, was also traveling southbound on Kings Run Road.

As Hartzell approached Wood, and just prior to the collision, his vehicle was passed by two approaching vehicles traveling northbound on Kings Run Road. Hartzell was unable to see Wood walking in the lane due to her being dressed in all dark clothing.

Hartzell's vehicle struck Wood and continued south on Kings Run Road coming to rest in the southbound lane. Wood was thrown into the ditch along the west side of the road where she came to rest.

Hartzell was not injured in the crash and State Police did not file any charges against him.

Shinglehouse Fire Dept., Fire Police, and EMS along with Olean Medic 10 all responded to the scene.

Wood's obituary is posted in a previous post on Solomon's words.

23 comments :

Anonymous said...

What a tragedy. Praying for Linda's family and for Mr. Hartzell.

Anonymous said...

When reading some of the earlier comments I just need to say one thing.Unless you know Mr. Hartzell personally there should be NO negative comments. Know this young man ever since he was a child. One of the most wonderful person I know He and my daughter were great friends and he is a pillar of his community. Always voluntering to help out in community with anything they need.God Bless you Rusty.rayers for you ad yourfamily and the family of the young lady as well.

Anonymous said...

PRAYERS GO OUT TO BOTH FAMILIES, MAY GOD BE WITH YOU ALL.

Anonymous said...

My thoughts and prayers are with both the victim and the driver. It was an unavoidable accident.

Anonymous said...

With all your concern.. have any of you thought of this. With him not being charged with anything, his insurance may not pay for her funeral? Have any of you wonderful caring citizens stepped up to help? Where has his call of concern and help been?

Anonymous said...

that bs my post dont make on here

Anonymous said...

He should have been charged with something... The excuse of not being able to see because of the lights is fine, if he would have slowed down things would have been different.

Anonymous said...

He wasn't speeding! Did you read the police report? He didn't even see her until after he hit her! Please stop spreading rumors and trying to place blame, facts are facts. This was an accident all around! I'm asking that both sides stop the ignorance and move towards the future.... uplift all involved in prayer!

Anonymous said...

Those new "blue lights" are worse then the old high beam ones.

Some roads have no pedestrian lane.

Some accidents are accident and neither party is to blame.

Anonymous said...

My prayers go out to both families involved. This could happen to any one of us.

Anonymous said...

Wow people want to blame Rusty for hitting a person who was walking on a back narrow road, in dark clothes, at night. Why has this world become a place where we go all ends to put the blame on a person because we can't stand or want to believe the truth. Let's be clear and blunt if she's not walking in the dark with dark clothes this wouldnt of happened.

Anonymous said...

I went to school with Rusty and have known him for many years...I know that if he could have avoided it he would have and everyone saying he should pay,,,how do you know he isn't...can any of you imagine what this man is going through...it was a horrible ACCIDENT....Rusty is one of the nicest guys I know..he would never hurt anyone, and sure doesnt deserve the abuse people are giving him..prayers go out to both families of both VICTIMS of this horrible accident..and before anyone speaks think of how you would feel if the shoe was on the other foot...

Anonymous said...

Unless you have driven on Kings Run in the dark many would not understand with oncoming traffic how hard it really is to see the road let alone anything along it! Prayers for both sides of the family! People revolve around drama in the vicinity and it is insane! GROW UP !

Anonymous said...

My thoughts and prayers go out to both families. All drivers and pedestrians should be extra cautious at night. Sometimes accidents and just "accidents."

Anonymous said...

You have to love small town gossip. The best thing we did was move away. People go over the facts. He did not hit her on purpose. Stop the harassment and false accusations. Just let things go and give people time to heel. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Alright so lets blame her?! okay maybe she was walking but not everyone can afford cars and have to walk and she might have not expected to take that long of a walk! are we suppose to blame her for her being out of a vechical?? Some people have to walk in order to do the things they need to do. I drive that road ALLL the time! to be compeletly honest i dont think he did it on purpose and itwas an accident but you can not sit here and blame the victim who had passed away, that is extremely low. you are making your self as low as the rummors that are being spread. Please give respect to the one who has passed. and not sit here and blame her now she is gone. Prayers to both families. I am just posting to give her and her family respect

Anonymous said...

First off, I don't believe anyone is blaming the victim. I merely think it may not have happened if she had a light or some lighter clothing on. If you know you will be out after dark, wear light colored clothing.

Secondly, Rusty is a wonderful individual. He would give anyone the shirt off his back in order to help them. He is having a rough time dealing with this and everyone saying negative comments need to stop! This was truly an accident.

Anonymous said...

you should never criticize any one unless you have walked in his shoes the negative remarks about Rusty should stop. What a great guy Rusty is I have never seen so many replies to a accident.Rusty is a great Husband, Father, Coach, volunteer, and most of all a friend to every one that knows him.This will not be easy to get through, but with God & friends & family when all is said and done you will be standing.keep up the prayers!!!!

Anonymous said...

I know that this is sad for both families and the Hartzel family is feeling remorse for her family so prayers go out to both sides so please try to understand both sides of it.

Anonymous said...

like someone said up there ,unless u have drove this street at nite ,u would not understand..it is noone's fault.Rusty is a wonderful person and would have never did anythang on purpose...He will never live the same.Yes she is gone ,but trust his life will never be the same.so grow up EVERYONE TALKING JUNK .

Anonymous said...

I was driving home when the road was blocked off. I only thought to myself "I know so many people on that road!" When I heard what happened it completely floored me... Nothing happens like that around here! It made me sit and really think how something can impact our shinglehouse family. I honestly didn't know either of the people involved but i can tell you that my heart goes out to both families as if you were part of mine. We all must respect what can't be undone and not point the finger in a situation like this. And if you cant? You need to look in the mirror and notice how ugly you are deep down and think to yourself "what if you were on either side of the accident? What if they were pointing the finger at YOU?" count your blessings everyday! Much love and prayer for both families.

Anonymous said...

I find it absolutely pathetic that with a young woman losing her life and man having to deal with the pain of taking her life away from her, all of you people can do nothing but blame one of them and argue. This is absolutely ridiculous. Rusty could not see her and he was not speeding. The fireman and police reinacted the whole scene. Leave both of them alone and let both families move on from this tradgedy. Your doing nothig but making it worse.

Anonymous said...

Prayers go out to both families. I know Rusty and he is a wonderful man who does not deserve to be downgraded. It was an accident; all this drama it not needed. Both families need prayers not all this pathetic nonsense.