SPRINGFIELD TWP., Pa. - An Allentown man was killed in a two-vehicle accident in Bucks County Saturday evening, according to State Police.
In a news release, police said Albert Lazaro, 25, was killed when his car was hit by a pickup truck in the 2900 block of Richlandtown Pike in Springfield Township.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
It happened around 5:30 p.m.
"We heard mechanical screeching, and then a very loud bang of impact," said Christine LaCerva, a neighbor.
According to officials, Lazaro was driving a 1999 Honda Civic and had two passengers in the car with him. None of them were wearing seatbelts.
Thomas Lazaro, 22, and Emily Brown, 24, were flown to St. Luke's Hospital in Bethlehem with serious injuries.
LaCerva, a therapist from New York City, helped comfort those passengers until help arrived.
"She was in shock, and beginning to realize what was happening. I just started speaking to her, and telling her I'm going to help you relax…She did that and was holding my hand, and gripping my hand. It was very emotional," LaCerva said.
The crash happened near Bonnie Hodge's home. Soon after hearing the accident, Hodge and her husband ran outside to help.
After seeing smoke coming from one of the vehicles, Hodge rushed inside to get a fire extinguisher.
Her husband comforted an older woman in the pickup truck.
"My husband was trying to get in the pickup truck to talk to the woman that was in there…My husband just stayed in there until they got her out," Hodge said.
Witnesses said a show dog was also in the truck.
According to neighbors, another Good Samaritan helped rescue the dog from the truck.
"Someone crawled into the truck and got this very large Doberman up, out the door," LaCerva said.
Police are still trying to determine how the pickup truck, driven by 72-year-old Barbara Ross of Florida, crossed the center lane.
Ross suffered moderate injuries, according to police. She was wearing a seatbelt.
Her dog was not injured, according to witnesses.
While the accident happened in a straight part of the road, nearby residents said they are concerned about the safety of the road.
Kristen Roth has lived on the street for nearly 40 years.
She said accidents in the area are common.
"We've seen plenty of accidents, this being the most horrific," Roth said.
Roth claims the road has become more hazardous over the years.
"It has excessively been getting busier, and they are getting faster and faster," Roth said.
Her father, Norman Kichline, said part of the problem is also the narrow shoulder.
"We don't have no shoulders out here, and the shoulders we do have are pretty deep ditches," Kichline said.
The investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information should call State Police in Dublin at 215-249-9191.
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