Teenager injured in accident Saturday

By on March 12, 2014

A Manheim teenager was critically injured Saturday in a crash that split his car in half near Manheim.

Aaron Reliszko, 19, of the 400 block of West Sun Hill Road in Penn Township was in the accident, according to Northern Lancaster County Regional police Lt. George Pappas.

The 2013 Manheim Central High School graduate is in critical condition at Lancaster General Hospital, a hospital spokeswoman said Monday.

Reliszko’s Dodge Neon struck a utility pole and broke into two pieces just before 3 p.m. Saturday at Temperance Hill Road (Route 772) and South Penryn Road in Penn Township, police said. Reliszko was ejected.

Speed and water on the road appear to have contributed to the accident, police said.

“The preliminary investigation indicates that speed may have been a factor which caused the car to hydroplane on water, which caused the driver to lose control and strike a utility pole,” Pappas said.

No synopsis of the accident was released, as it is still under investigation.

Water collecting on Temperance Hill Road, a state road, has been an ongoing problem in the area of South Penryn Road, Penn Township road master Daryl Lefever said in an Intelligencer Journal article.

Rain does not generally cause Temperance Hill Road to flood, according to Lefever. Water pools on the road when a lot of snow on the saturated fields along the road melts.

He has served the township as road master since 1988, but said the problem has only arisen in the last 10 or 15 years as the road has deteriorated.

He most recently met with a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation representative on-site two weeks ago and discussed possible remedies.

PennDOT spokesman Greg Penny confirmed PennDOT met with Lefever about two weeks ago and discussed possible remedies for the water on the road, according to the article.

Excess water from the fields runs onto Temperance Hill Road, but water also comes from nearby driveways, Penny said.

There are no signs along Temperance Hill Road warning motorists of possible water on the roadway.

Reliszko’s accident will cause officials to study the site, Penny said. Other than the crowning work on the road planned for this spring, however, PennDOT will wait to see what the police report finds before taking any other action.

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