Child, Great-Grandfather Die in Shamokin Crash

SHAMOKIN, Pa. -- A 3-year-old girl and her great-grandfather are both dead after a one-car crash in Shamokin Wednesday morning.

Police said the driver, Allen Travitz Sr., 68, crashed his SUV head-on into a concrete wall along West Montgomery Street around 8 a.m.

Crews said Travitz and his 3-year-old great-granddaughter Mackenzie Mae Garber died in the wreck.

Investigators believe Travitz was driving downhill on West Montgomery Street. Shamokin police are not sure if he had a medical emergency or if the vehicle malfunctioned, but Travitz did not use his brakes.

The chief does not believe Travitz was wearing a seatbelt. He says there were two car seats in the vehicle, but police are not sure if the child was strapped into one.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

1 Comment

  • Giggity-MF-goo

    Sad story, but now the fund me’s and benefit party’s are rolling around that town already. I hope it goes to good and not into dope. Sad town.

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