A single-vehicle crash along the Pennsylvania Turnpike earlier this month caused several injuries and two deaths. Nearly two dozen people were aboard a bus carrying the Seton Hill University lacrosse team at the time of the commercial vehicle collision. Investigators remain unsure of the cause.
Negligence can occur unintentionally or on purpose. Many Erie County residents associate negligence with careless drivers and medical malpractice. In fact, a wrongful death can occur anywhere, even in the home of a friend.
An Erie County court accepted a defendant's plea of no contest, dispelling the need for a state trooper's DUI homicide trial. The plea relates to a car accident near Union City in Feb. 2012 in which a young Edinboro man died.
An Allegheny County woman died in 2009 when she was electrocuted in her yard. The 39-year-old mother was struck by a downed power line, which a wrongful death claim said was improperly maintained by West Penn Power Co. Relatives watched helplessly as the victim suffered repeated 7,200-volt electric shocks.