Fairfield Township Accident Closes Road; Driver Sustains Major Injury

May 24, 2013

Fairfield Township Accident Closes Brushy Ridge Road; Driver Sustains Major Injury - An 85-year-old Ralston man sustained major injuries following a two-vehicle accident near Interstate 180. PSP Montoursville Johnathan Buynak said Max L. Schaefer was traveling northbound on Fairfield Road around 12:40 p.m. on Thursday, May 23 at the same time Brooke E. Koch, 21, of Jersey Shore was traveling southbound. Schaefer slowed suddenly and swerved into Koch's lane in order to avoid a collision with another vehicle. Schaefer's vehicle struck Koch's head on then rotated counter-clockwise while Koch's vehicle rotated counter-clockwise, traveling sideways off the west shoulder of the road before coming to final rest. Schaefer was trapped inside the vehicle and was freed by mechanical means; he was transported to Geisinger Medical Center in critical condition. Koch sustained minor injuries, Buynak said.

State police in Montoursville also responded to the following incidents:

  • May 12, 3:45 p.m., a while male entered Olympia Sports, located at 1911 East 3rd STreet, Loyalsock Township, and proceeded to distract store employees by pretending to fill out an employment application. The suspect then engaged employees in conversation to get them distracted; the suspect proceeded to remove a pair of Puma brand sneakers from a box on a table and put them on his feet, fleeing the scene in an unknown make and model gold sedan, Trooper Jared King said.
  • Between May 9-12, someone made entry into an unlocked garage at 1214 Route 239 Jordan Township, and removed a number of tools and a tool chest.
  • April 26, between 1:45 a.m. and 9:45 a.m., two trucks were driven away from a Spring Hollow Road residence in Franklin Township. The trucks were damaged and then returned exactly where they were parked prior to being taken, Trooper James Doane said.
  • April 6, 12:01 p.m., Sameerah Shanise Graham, 20, was caught trying to allegedly remove merchandise without paying for it from Burglington Coat Factory, 300 Lycoming Mall Circle. While Graham was detained by a 24-year-old female mall security staff member, Graham allegedly grabbed ahold of the officer and kneed her in the stomach, Trooper Troy Hansen said.