Pa. EMT Recalls Teen's Fatal Rollover
Dec. 04--A 19-year-old Union Township woman was killed Monday afternoon when the car she was driving rolled over on Ridge Road in the township.
Amber Lynn Yordy, 19, of 20 Stoney Lane was pronounced dead at the scene by a representative of the Lebanon County coroner's office shortly after the 1:40 p.m. crash, state police at Lickdale said.
Yordy was driving a 1998 Saturn around a left-hand bend near 103 Ridge Road and lost control of the car, police said. The vehicle struck an incline on the north side of the road and went airborne. It then rolled one and a half times after landing.
Yordy was not wearing a seat belt, police said, and was thrown from the vehicle.
Dave Matterness, a firefighter from the Greenpoint Fire Co., was among the first emergency responders to arrive at the crash scene. He said he knew immediately that Yordy had been killed.
"I could tell," he said. "I'm an EMT (emergency medical technician), and I was the first one to try to take vital signs."
Matterness said the road remained closed for about three hours after the crash.
As a three-year Greenpoint firefighter, Matterness said, he has responded to more than one fatal crash.
"It's not something that, I don't know, it's not something that you think about," he said. "It's not a pleasant task, certainly not with a young girl. I've been around it before and seen it before. It's not a pleasant thing."
Pat Gray, who lives about a half a mile from the crash scene, said she was driving home from Lebanon just after it happened and witnessed the immediate aftermath.
"I saw all the flashing lights, and it just happened so fast," she said.
The roads were wet, Gray said, because the mountainous area gets little direct sunlight to dry them. One firefighter told her the conditions seemed to have contributed to the cause of the crash.
In addition to Greenpoint, others responding to the scene were Jonestown's Perseverance, Lickdale and Fredericksburg fire companies, First Aid and Safety Patrol ambulance and fire police.
According to Daily News records, Yordy was the 14th person to die as a result of accidents on Lebanon County roads this year and the first since mid-October.
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