Friday, March 28, 2008

God Speed Trooper Iwaniec

A sad day for the PA State Police. Rest Easy Brother.

Pa. trooper killed in head-on crash in Chester County
By TERRI SANGINITI • The News Journal • March 28, 2008

The trooper was identified as Kenton Iwaniec, 24, of Lancaster, Pa.

State police spokesman Cpl. Steve Ranck said the crash occurred about 10:20 p.m. Thursday on Pa. 41 at Mosquito Lane.

Ranck said 40-year-old Kristina M. Quercetti, of Landenberg, was driving south on Pa. 41 when she crossed the center line into the northbound lane and her 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe hit the driver’s side of a 1997 Chevrolet Silverado before plowing head-on into the trooper’s 2005 Hyundai Elantra.

The driver of the Silverado, Larry Keith, 64, of Ephrata, was wearing a seat belt and was not injured.

The trooper, who was also wearing a seat belt and whose airbag deployed, was flown to Christiana Hospital in Stanton where he was pronounced dead.

Ranck said the trooper was returning home when the crash occurred.

Quercetti suffered only minor injuries.

A 5-year-old passenger seated in a car safety seat in her car was not injured.

Both were taken by West Grove Fire Company’s ambulance to Christiana Hospital for treatment.

The cause of the fatal crash remains under investigation. No charges have been filed pending the outcome of the investigation.

Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed the crash or the events leading up to it to call Ranck at (610) 268-2022.

Contact Terri Sanginiti at 324-2771 or tsanginiti@delawareonline.com.

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