Man in Monday wreck dies Friday

An elderly man died Friday afternoon in the Williamsport Regional Medical Center’s intensive care center of injuries he suffered Monday morning in a two-car crash in Loyalsock Township.

Clyde Buchta, 85, of 958 Second St., was pronounced dead at 1:58 p.m. of upper body injuries, Lycoming County Coroner Charles E. Kiessling Jr. said.

Buchta never regained consciousness after being brought to the hospital following a crash at Washington Boulevard and Shiffler Avenue about 9:50 a.m., Kiessling said.

State police said Buchta was traveling east on Washington Boulevard in his 1996 Buick Century when his vehicle and an westbound 1997 Buick LeSabre driven by Eleanor DeSaulniers, 88, of Williamsport, collided.

Police said DeSaulniers pulled directly into Butcha’s path as she was turning onto Shiffler Avenue. The woman was taken to the Williamsport Hospital, but no information was available about her condition.

This was the second fatal crash this week in the county and the third in the region.

Joshua S. Smith, 26, of Trout Run, died late Saturday night in a fiery crash after he lost control of his car at Route 14 and Field Station Road in Lewis Township.

In Clinton County, both drivers were killed and three children were critically injured in a violent two-vehicle head-on crash on Route 220 near Salona late Tuesday afternoon.

State police on Friday night released the identities of the adults involved in Wednesday’s crash on Route 220 in front of Lewis Veterinary Clinic in Woodward Township.

One of the drivers, Etta Myers, 71, of Jersey Shore, and a passenger in her vehicle, Megan Harpster, 18, of the same address, were both reported in critical condition in the Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, a nursing supervisor said Friday night.

The other driver, Sarina Skellenger, 24, of Williamsport, and two children ages 1 and 5, were taken to the Williamsport Hospital. No information was available on their conditions since the hospital no longer releases such information.