Driver dies when his car fails to stop at signal, crashes into tractor-trailer

June 25, 1998

A Pennsylvania man was killed and two passengers seriously injured early yesterday when a 1994 Nissan failed to stop at a red traffic signal in Manchester and slammed into a tractor-trailer, police said.

The car's driver, James P. Nicholson, 22, of Shrewsbury was pronounced dead at the scene.

Benjamin Kinard, 19, of York, Pa., and Aaron Mellinder, 20, of Glen Rock, Pa., were taken by ambulance to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.

Kinard was treated and released, a hospital spokeswoman said. Mellinder remained in serious condition, she said.

According to police, the Nissan was traveling northeast on Route 27 approaching Route 30, on which the truck was traveling south.

The driver of the truck, Fred Kohler, 59, of Hanover, Pa., was not injured, police said. He was hauling dry goods for R. H. Crawford Inc.

Tests were ordered to determine if alcohol or drugs contributed to the collision and the investigation is continuing, police said.

Kohler was cleared of using drugs or alcohol and was not charged, police said.

Pub Date: 6/25/98

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