Driver remains critical after two-vehicle crash
John J. Demjanick, 54, of Barnesville, remains in critical condition nine days following a two-vehicle crash in Lynn Township.
State Police Troop M, Fogelsville, say Demjanick, driving a 2000 Chevrolet SUV, was attempting to negotiate a left curve in Route 309, just north of the Route 143 intersection in New Tripoli, around 6:34 a.m. Sept. 4.
The crash occurred as a 2008 Ford Ranger, driven by Manuel G. Rocha, 52, of Allentown, northbound on Route 309 began to spin in a clockwise direction.
Police say Rocha over-corrected and the Ranger crossed into the southbound lane of Route 309, striking the front portion of Demjanik's SUV with its passenger side front.
After impact, the Ranger came to final rest in the southbound lane of Route 309, facing east.
The SUV traveled in a southerly direction and struck the Farmers Field primitives shop at 6806 Route 309 with its front, coming to rest partially in the building, facing southwest.
Rocha, who police say was wearing a seat belt, suffered minor injuries.
Demjanick, who also was wearing a seat belt, sustained major injuries, police say.
Both were extricated from their vehicles and transported by Northwestern Ambulance Corps to the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.
According to a Lehigh Valley Hospital spokeman on Tuesday, Demjanick's condition is still critical.
Rocha was charged with driving at an unsafe speed for conditions.