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Dallas Twp. woman killed in 2-car crash


March 29. 2013 9:57AM
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HEIDELBERG TWP. – A Dallas Township woman was one of five people killed in a two-vehicle crash in Lehigh County on Thursday afternoon.
State police at Bethlehem identified the woman as 22-year-old Cecilia R. Besecker. She was a passenger in a 1997 Subaru sedan driven by Nicholas A. Gustafson, 22, of Orefield, state police said.
Besecker was a 2008 graduate of Dallas High School and attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She worked at the Applebee’s restaurant in Wilkes-Barre Township.
State police said Gustafson was traveling north on Bake Oven Road when he failed to stop at a stop sign and collided with a 1997 Chevrolet tow truck driven by Charles P. Oswald, 58, of Schnecksville, at about 2:36 p.m.
Oswald’s truck was towing a box truck and was traveling west on Mountain Road when he struck the Subaru, state police said.
The vehicles traveled off the roadway and came to rest.
Oswald and the four people in the Subaru were pronounced dead at the scene by the Lehigh County Coroner’s office.
Gustafson’s other passengers were Michael A. Bruno, 23, of Catawissa, and Zach Alai, 17, of South River, N.J.
A passenger in Oswald’s truck, Walter D. Fries II, 50, of Northampton, was transported to Lehigh Valley Cedar Crest Hospital.
State police said it is unknown whether anyone involved in the crash was wearing a seatbelt.
The investigation is continuing and the National Transportation Safety Board has been notified due to the number of people killed, state police said.



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