A South Williamsport couple was injured this week in a tragic two-vehicle crash near the Florida Everglades that claimed the lives of four people, including a former Northumberland County judge and his wife, according to published reports.
David L. Dahl, 63, and his wife, Joanne Dahl, 60, of the borough, were injured late Wednesday afternoon when their Freightliner Roadtrek recreational van and a Ford Taurus collided at state Route 29 and U.S. Route 41, just outside Everglades City, Fla., the Naples Daily News reported.
All four occupants in the car were killed in the violent crash that occurred just before 4 p.m., according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The victims, all pronounced dead at the scene, were identified by the highway patrol as retired Judge James J. Rosini, 66; his wife, Patricia Rosini, 65; William Rosini, 68, all of Coal Township; and his companion, Deborah A. Korbich, 59, of Elysburg.
The highway patrol reported that none of the occupants in the car was wearing a seat belt.
Both women were riding in the backseat and one of them was ejected, landing on a canal bank, a fire chief told the Naples Daily News.
Efforts by the Sun-Gazette to get details of the crash from the highway patrol were unsuccessful, but the Naples Daily News provided a copy of the crash report.
The Ford, driven by James Rosini, ran a stop sign and a red flashing light as it was heading north on Route 29, the report stated. It crashed into the van, which was heading west on Route 41. The van overturned, landing on the driver's side, according to the report.
Both the Dahls were wearing seat belts, the highway patrol said. The two were taken to the NCH Downtown Hospital in Naples. David, who was driving, suffered serious injuries while his wife suffered minor injuries.
The hospital did not return calls to the Sun-Gazette. An operator at the hospital said Friday night that neither one was a patient at the medical facility.
The Daily News reported that the Rosini family were on vacation and were staying at a home in Fort Lauderdale owned by William Rosini. His relationship to James was not known Friday night.
There was no information on whether the Dahls were on vacation, visiting relatives or on a business trip.
The Daily Item in Sunbury reported that James Rosini, who served as a judge for a brief time, was a former district attorney in Northumberland County and was employed as an assistant county solicitor.