Police Detail Van vs. Motorcycle Crash

YOUNG TWP., Pa. (EYT) – Police say two people were transported by ambulance following a crash involving a motorcycle and a van in Young Township earlier this month.

According to police, around 5:56 p.m. on Saturday, June 2, 50-year-old William S. Harkins, of Clymer, was operating a 2014 Yamaha 1300 V Star, traveling south on State Route 119 just east of Wachob Road.

At the same time, 39-year-old Shawn W. Otto, of Kittanning, was operating a 2010 Chrysler Town and Country, also traveling south on State Route 119, in front of Harkins’ vehicle.

Police say Otto slowed to a stop for a vehicle turning left and Harkins was unable to stop and struck the rear of Otto’s vehicle.

Otto’s vehicle came to a rest at the point of impact facing south. Harkins’ motorcycle fell over and came to rest at the point of impact facing south.

Harkins and his passenger – 51-year-old Brenda J. Harkins, of Clymer – were both wearing helmets. They were both transported to Punxsutawney Hospital by Jefferson County EMS for treatment of suspected minor injuries.

Otto and his passengers – 37-year-old Jill A. Otto, of Kittanning, and a nine-year-old juvenile – were all wearing seatbelts. Another passenger, a three-year-old juvenile, was properly restrained in a front-facing child safety seat.

Otto and his passengers were not injured.

Harkins’ vehicle was towed from the scene by Rebuck’s Towing.

The above report was released to exploreJeffersonPA.com on Wednesday, June 13, 2018.


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