Lancaster, PA (April 9, 2022) – A man from Maryland caused a fatal car accident that took the life of a 32-year-old woman in Lancaster, police said. Pennsylvania State Police said 20-year-old Christofer Peneda-Gasca was going around 85 miles per hour when he struck the side of Alicia Whisler’s vehicle on Route 23.
The wreck was reported on Route 23 outside the Conestoga Christian School on Monday, April 4. Peneda-Gasca was apprehended by police for a stolen license plate when he refused to stop. He then collided with Whisler’s vehicle so forcefully that her vehicle was almost ripped in half.
Whisler was turning into the school at the time of the collision. She was found deceased inside her vehicle by police. Peneda-Gasca was transported to Reading Hospital after the accident, according to reports.
Peneda-Gasca left the crash scene without stopping to wait for police or render aid to the victim. He was apprehended and arrested for DUI.
He was also charged with vehicular homicide, vehicular homicide while DUI, accidents involving injury or death while not licensed, and 19 other related offenses.
We would like to offer our sincere condolences to the family of Alicia Whisler. Our thoughts are with everyone involved and affected by this fatal accident in Lancaster.
Pennsylvania Drunk Driving Accidents
Drunk driving causes severe and devastating traffic accidents thousands of times per year. In 2018, there were 49,730 DUI arrests in Pennsylvania. This is a decrease from the 52,189 arrests made in 2017. Approximately 33,712 charges for driving while intoxicated were made in 2018, making the number of DUI-drug arrests a continued concern in the Keystone State. This is a 28% increase over the last three years. It is crucial for drivers to always plan by designating a sober driver or arranging for transportation.
Drunk driving causes over 10,000 deaths every year in the United States. This is about ⅓ of all reported traffic accident deaths. More than 230 children lost their lives in crashes caused by intoxicated drivers in one recent year. Drinking and driving cost approximately 44 billion dollars in damages and deaths per year.
If you or someone you love has recently been hurt in a crash caused by drunk driving, contact a car crash attorney in Pennsylvania to learn about how you can collect compensation for your injuries and losses.
Lancaster Wrongful Death Attorneys
If you have recently lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligent actions, that person needs to be held accountable. The Lancaster wrongful death attorneys at Scanlon & Wojton Attorneys at Law, have over 35 years of combined experience serving the surviving family members of the wrongfully deceased in Pennsylvania.
You can trust our legal team to take on your wrongful death lawsuit compassionately. We will honor your loved one’s memory to the best of our ability so you can focus on the needs of your family. Call our law firm as soon as you can to get started on your path to recovery. You can reach the law office of Scanlon & Wojton Attorneys at Law at 412-918-1241.
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