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Motorcyclist Injured in Freedom Road Crash

Traffic was tied up for about an hour Friday as police and fire crews cleared the accident from the roadway.

Traffic was tied up for about an hour Friday afternoon after a motorcycle and car collided on busy Freedom Road near the lower entrance to the Cranberry Mall.

Cpl. William Ahlgren the motorcyclist driving east on Freedom Road at about 3 p.m. when he collided with the Honda CRV, which was turning left from Freedom Road into entrance of the mall.

The impact caused the motorcyclist to land underneath the front of the SUV, Ahlgren said.

“The gentleman fell underneath the car for a little bit after he was hit,” Ahlgren said.

Ahlgren said the rider, whose name police do not know yet, was conscious and talking when emergency responders arrived on the scene. The man appeared to have some abrasions and a severe wound to his right arm, Ahlgren said.

He was taken by ambulance to Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh. Ahlgren said the motorcyclist was wearing a helmet.  

The driver of the car was shaken-up but uninjured, Ahlgren said.

Both vehicles were towed from the scene.

Gary Reinhart June 17, 2012 at 02:46 AM
Marti, Thank you for your kindness and staying with Jerry following the accident. I'm sorry to say that Jerry passed away shortly after at the hospital. Jerry was my cousin's husband. I will share your concern with his family. Thank you again for your kindness.
Laura Prichinello June 17, 2012 at 02:53 AM
As hard as it is to say yes Marti he did pass away last night from his injuries. http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?of=4098248325 Thank you for staying by his side, he was an amazing man!
sheri seibel June 17, 2012 at 07:05 PM
I am very sad to hear this as well. I was also at the shopping plaza when this occurred. I have been praying and my thoughts have been with the family since it has happened. God bless them all. I have a heavy heart as I am sure Father's Day today is an especially hard day for them.
Michelle June 18, 2012 at 03:58 PM
I saw someone who was at this accident posted on this wall so I hope you read this. They are asking people to who were there to come forward and call them. My boyfriend was there and has been in constant contact with the police regarding this situation and will be until the end. I hope other people will come forward too. We both give our most sincere condolences to Jerry's family, we are terribly sorry for your loss. CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, Pa. - Police in Cranberry Township want to speak with anyone who witnessed a Friday afternoon crash that killed a motorcyclist . The crash occurred about 2:30 p.m. on Freedom Road at the intersection of the mall, near the JoAnn Fabrics store, police said. Police said Gerald Rombach was driving east when his motorcycle collided with a Honda CR-V that was turning left into the mall. Rombach, 63, of Freedom, was trapped under the SUV and taken to Allegheny General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 5:17 p.m., police said. He was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, police said. The driver of the Honda was not injured. Police have not said if any charges will be filed. Anyone who saw the crash has been asked to contact Cranberry Township police at 724-776-5180, ext. 5.   Read more: http://www.wtae.com/news/local/butler/Motorcyclist-killed-in-crash-near-Cranberry-Mall/-/10928542/15140900/-/4b5754z/-/index.html#ixzz1yA0m2BwU
Jessica Sinichak June 18, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Thanks, Michelle. You can also find more info on Cranberry Patch by clicking here: http://patch.com/A-vsG3 On behalf of Patch, we also extend our condolences to Mr. Rombach's family through this very difficult time.

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