Fatal Motorcycle Accident in Woodward Township on Sunday
A 37-year-old man from Cogan Station died yesterday, April 2, as a result of a motorcycle accident that occurred at 6 p.m. at the 1200 block of Northway Road between Yergers Road and Mountain Drive in Woodward Township, Lycoming County. Franklin W. Mahaffey Jr. was pronounced dead at the scene by the Lycoming County Coroner.
According to State Police in Montoursville, Mahaffey was traveling on a motorcycle in the northbound lane of Northway Road at a high rate of speed, negotiating a right curve. A Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck driven by James Liberti, of Linden, was traveling in the southbound lane of Northway Road negotiating a left curve. The road is a one lane road with no distinctive lane markings. Mahaffey failed to maintain control of the motorcycle as he negotiated the curve and traveled into the southbound side of the roadway. Mahaffey's motorcycle then struck the front end of the pickup truck. The motorcycle came to final rest on its left side along the east edge berm of the roadway. The pickup truck came to a position of final rest on the south side of the roadway facing southwest.
Police said Mahaffey was not wearing a helmet. Liberti was not injured.