Deadly Crash near Hazleton

BLACK CREEK TOWNSHIP -- A young man was killed in an overnight crash in Luzerne County.

The deadly wreck happened on Main Street near Hazleton just before 5 a.m. Saturday.

State troopers say Gino Ziller, 23, of Fern Glen, lost control of his pickup truck, crossed the road, and hit a tree.

Troopers said Ziller died at the scene.

State police are handling the investigation.


  • Robert Hudson

    After seeing the collision scene first-hand and through the eyes of an Accident Reconstructionist, the dynamics of this collision were easily observed. The vehicle, eastbound, entered a fairly typical left curve in the roadway. Upon exiting the curve, the vehicle traveled off the North edge of the roadway into some trees. In my experience, trees never lose in these collisions. As to what ultimately caused this collision, there is strong likelihood it was one of a few typical causes. Impaired driving (DUI, or otherwise inattentiveness) is the likely cause, but excessive speed, or dramatically slowed reaction time are possibilities. Because there were no obvious tiremarks on the roadway, excessive speed is somewhat unlikely leaving only inattentive driving (including somnolence) and DUI as the most likely causes.

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