Recent Ephrata grad remains in critical condition after crash No update at Wednesday press time

By on August 7, 2013

An Ephrata man remains in critical condition following a two-vehicle accident Monday in Clay Township.

Dakota S. Schnettler, 18, of 2280 West Main Street, Ephrata, is still critical at Lancaster General Hospital, according to Frieda Schmidt, public relations manager at Lancaster General Health.

A passenger in his Volkswagen convertible, a 17-year-old male, was also critically injured and taken to the hospital, according to regional police.

Roger D. Fitzwater, 42, of 301 South 4th Street, Denver, a single occupant of a Porsche, was also injured.

Northern Lancaster County Regional Police Department reported the following:

Police responded to the crash in the 100 block of Mt. Airy Road in Clay Township at 1:30 p.m.

Preliminary investigation indicates that both vehicles were traveling east bound on Mt. Airy Road at the time of the crash. Both vehicles made contact with one another and then left the travel portion of the road. The Porsche traveled for a distance into a densely wooded area prior to coming to rest; the convertible struck a tree and rotated to the final point of rest on the shoulder of the west bound lane of travel.

All were taken to Lancaster General Hospital for care and treatment of the injuries sustained in the crash.

Schnettler is a 2013 Ephrata High School graduate.

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