Route 1 in Middletown Township was the scene of another deadly Bucks County car accident on Friday, April 17, 2009. At 2:37 a.m., a man’s legs were severed and the woman he was helping change a flat tire for was killed when a car slammed into her disabled vehicle.
The fatal Bucks County car accident occurred just a few miles from the scene of another similar tragedy. It was January 29, 2009 when Middletown Police Officer Chris Jones was killed as he walked back to his patrol car parked on the narrow shoulder and was hit from behind by another vehicle.
The woman killed in Friday’s crash was 27-year-old Reyna Castro of Trenton. She was driving southbound on Route 1 when a front tire of her 1997 Nissan Altima went flat. Unfortunately, Ms. Castro had nowhere to pull over because there is no shoulder in that area of the highway.
Michael Kogan, 27, and his passenger, Aleksei Brodsky, 51, both of Bensalem, were also traveling southbound on Route 1. Kogan pulled his car in front of Castro’s car and got out to help her after seeing her standing behind her vehicle.
It was then that Denis M. Hostler slammed into Castro with his 2006 Hyundai Sonata. The investigating Middletown Township, PA police officer estimates Hostler was traveling at least 70 mph in the 55 mph zone. Kogan’s lower body was pinned between his and Castro’s car. There were no skid marks were found prior to the impact revealing that Hostler never hit his brakes.
Autopsy results show Castro died instantly of massive personal injuries. Kogan lost both legs after being rushed to St. Mary Medical Center by the Bensalem Rescue Squad in very critical condition. Brodsky was injured after also being struck by Castro’s car, but his injuries were not as serious as Kogan’s injuries.
The fatal Bucks County car accident remains under investigation. Hostler was taken to St. Mary Medical Center and was treated and released. Hostler had both blood and urine samples taken to determine whether he was driving under the influence.
If Hostler is found to be driving carelessly, and/or not in control of his vehicle, there will most likely by a Bucks County wrongful death case brought by Castro’s family and a Bucks County personal injury case brought by Kogan and his passenger, Brosky.
The damages in a resulting Bucks County lawsuit will most like be in the multimillions. Hopefully, Hostler has adequate Pennsylvania car insurance or other assets to compensate the victims of this serious Bucks County car accident.