Pedestrian crash victim’s mom says accident adding to tragic year

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LEWISBURG – The mother of the victim of Monday’s pedestrian accident in Lewisburg has opened up to the public about the accident. She’s also opened up with what’s been a tragic year for her and her family. Tammy Adams, mother of 30-year-old Audie Shiffer, tells The Daily Item Shiffer now has multiple fractured bones and internal injuries as a result of being struck in the accident. On top of that, Adams also told The Daily Item she and her family of four lost everything when a fire destroyed their Winfield home in March. Adams says she and Shiffer just moved into a new home in Lewisburg a few weeks ago.

She told The Daily Item Shiffer was dealing with his broken down car and was walking from west to east when 30-year-old Ricardo Acosta of Manheim, struck him.

Buffalo Valley Police Chief Paul Yost tells us Acosta was traveling northbound on Route 15 near Bucknell University, when he struck Shiffer as he crested the hill there that drops from a 45 mph speed limit to a 40 mph speed limit. Yost noted that area can be a “blind spot”, but he says the investigation remains ongoing and cannot comment further.

Shiffer is in critical condition at Geisinger. Officers say Shiffer was taken to Geisinger via Life Flight from Evangelical Community Hospital. We last told you the crash occurred around 5:15 a.m. Monday and the road was closed for about four hours, causing major traffic backups throughout Lewisburg. No one else was injured and Shiffer was the only pedestrian involved. Yost says Shiffer has no affiliation with Bucknell.

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