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Pennsylvania State Police in Schuylkill County Investigating Two Fatal Car Crashes

Posted on Aug 02, 2012

The Pottsville Republican Herald is reporting on two fatal crashes which occurred earlier this week. Below is the item from the paper. If you have any information on either of the accidents please contact the Pennsylvania State Police.

By FRANK ANDRUSCAVAGE (Staff Writer fandruscavage@

Published: August 2, 2012

State police released additional information Wednesday on two fatal crashes that occurred within hours of each other Tuesday night.

The first crash occurred about 6:20 p.m. on Back Road, Ryan Township, and claimed the life of Jonathan P. Palubinsky, 18, of Mahanoy City.

Then, about 8:50 p.m., Mark Gregory, 56, of the Orwigsburg area, died when the Harley-Davidson motorcycle he was driving collided with a car on Route 895 near Summit Station.

In the crash that claimed the life of Palubinsky, a 15-year-old Barnesville girl who was a passenger in the man's 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier suffered minor injuries.

Three other passengers, William A. Fazio III, 18, of Mahanoy City, and two Mahanoy City girls ages 16 and 15, were not hurt.

Trooper Joseph Cazonie of the Frackville station said Palubinsky was driving north, just northwest of Brockton Mountain Drive, when he lost control on the unpaved road while rounding a sharp curve.

The vehicle slid across the road, struck an embankment and rolled over, partially ejecting Palubinsky. The car came to a stop on its driver's side, Cazonie said, adding that Palubinsky was not wearing a seat belt but all four passengers did wear safety belts.

Schuylkill County Deputy Coroner David Truskowsky, Mahanoy City, pronounced Palubinsky dead at the scene at 7:17 p.m.

In the second fatal crash, Trooper Peter Mohn of the Schuylkill Haven station said a 17-year-old Schuylkill Haven boy, who was not identified based on state police policy regarding juveniles, was driving a Volkswagen Jetta when it collided with the motorcycle at the access road to the Schuylkill County Fairgrounds.

The annual Schuylkill County Fair was in operation at the time.

County Deputy Coroner Scott Clews said he pronounced Gregory dead at the scene of the crash at 9:35 p.m.

Mohn said the crash occurred as the teenager was leaving the fairgrounds and came to a complete stop at the intersection with Route 895.

He then tried to turn left onto Route 895 when the front left fender of his car was struck by Gregory, who was driving his motorcycle east on Route 895, Mohn said.

Mohn said the teenager, who was not injured, will be cited as a result of the crash.

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