New details released on recent Route 220 fatalities

LAPORTE — The driver killed in Tuesday morning’s violent two-vehicle crash on Route 220 was local contractor Tim Tomacho, 40, of Laporte, according to Sullivan County Coroner Wendy Hastings.

State police said Tomacho was heading south in a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado when for an unknown reason his vehicle traveled into the northbound lane, striking a truck tractor towing a trailer at about 11:40 a.m.

The crash occurred just east of Nichols Road in Cherry Township and closed the road for more than six hours, Hastings said.

Deputy County Coroner John Yonkin pronounced Tomacho dead at the scene.

Hastings said she was told the other driver, whose identity was not released, was from Canada and suffered extensive injuries. He was flown to Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Concerning Monday night’s pedestrian fatal on Route 220 in Lycoming County that claimed the life of 59-year-old Patricia K. Warner, a few more details have been brought to light about the tragic accident that occurred near Henry’s Bar BQ.

Lycoming County Coroner Charles E. Kiessling Jr. said investigators have learned that Warner had boarded a River Valley Transit bus in Jersey Shore that was heading to Williamsport.

“She got off at a bus stop in the Linden area. We don’t know why,” Kiessling said.

Warner safely crossed the northbound lanes, reached the median and was struck and killed as she attempted to cross the southbound lanes at about 6:40 p.m., Kiessling said. She was hit by a car driven by Samantha Turner, police said.

Police listed her address as Williamsport, but a funeral director listed it as Jersey Shore. She was the fifth pedestrian to be killed in this small stretch of the four-lane highway in little more than a year.

“It’s a very sad situation for the families who have lost loved ones as well as for the drivers involved,” Kiessling said.