Teen in intensive care following accident in Bethany on Friday
Submitted by Howard Owens on April 2, 2011 - 9:50am
A 17-year-old was seriously injured in an accident on Bethany Center Road, Bethany, at 2:09 p.m., Friday, after the driver of a truck apparently pulled onto the roadway off Cacner and struck the car the youth was in.
The car continued southbound, striking a mailbox, going off the left shoulder of the road.
Karl R. Kennedy, no address given, was flown by Mercy Flight to Strong Memorial Hospital where he is listed in guarded condition this morning (at Strong, any patient in the intensive care unit is listed as "guarded").
Kennedy was unconscious following the accident, according to the Sheriff's Office accident report. He suffered a head injury and was bleeding severely.
Charges are pending against the truck driver, said Deputy Bradley D. Mazur in his report.
The driver is identified as Dean W. Knauss, 53, of 9931 Bethany Center Road, East Bethany. He was driving a 1995 truck owned by a local dairy farm.
The car Kennedy was in was a 1998 Ford sedan driven by Michaela E. Baudanza, 17, of 7303 Morrow Road, Pavilion.
Baudanza suffered minor injuries. Knauss was uninjured.