Child killed in Route 45 crash

A child riding in the car in the foreground died after sustaining injuries when the vehicle was hit from behind by a utility van Monday afternoon along Route 45 east of Hoffa Mill Road.

LEWISBURG — A child injured in a Monday afternoon crash along Old Turnpike Road, East Buffalo Township, has died.

Landyn Zerby, 8, of Lewisburg, was a passenger in a westbound vehicle which was hit from behind by a utility van as it waited to make a left turn into a driveway near east of Hoffa Mill Road.

Buffalo Valley Regional Police (BVRPD) said Cody Zerby, 28, the car’s driver, and Rowen Zerby, 3, were also injured and taken to Evangelical Community Hospital. They were treated and released along with Rodger Kline, 68, of Beaver Springs, the driver of the utility van.

However, Landyn Zerby was taken via Life Flight to Geisinger and died overnight according to reports which named Montour County Coroner Scott Lynn.

A GoFundMe page was set up by a family member which asked for prayers and donations. It named Landyn and Rowen and had raised over $21,000 of a $30,000 goal as of this morning.

The BVRPD report noted the Kline vehicle rolled onto its side after colliding with the Zerby vehicle. It clipped a passenger car driven by Ariah Beasley, 20, of Jamaica, N.Y. Beasley was also treated and released from Evangelical according to a hospital spokesperson.

Neighbors living near the crash scene said left turns are challenging for motorists near the crossroads called Lochiel. One observer said drivers often proceed through the area with little regard to speed and there are frequent close calls.

The William Cameron Engine Company Fire and Emergency Services, Pennsylvania State Police Forensic Services, PennDOT, Freedom Towing and additional services from Evangelical Hospital each assisted at the crash scene.

Staff writer Matt Farrand can be reached at 570-742-9671 and via email at

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