Jacob Austin Daniels, a 17-year old Hawley resident, was killed in a motor vehicle crash early Saturday on Long Ridge Road.
The car he was operating crashed and rolled and caught fire. Wayne County Coroner Edward Howell stated that Daniels died of inhaling too much smoke, while entrapped in the vehicle.
According to Trooper Michael Pritchyk, Honesdale barracks, the teenager was driving the car; no other occupants were mentioned. The crash occurred at approximately 3:15 a.m. Saturday June 29, on Long Ridge Road near the intersection with Ridge Avenue.
Daniels was traveling east on Long Ridge Road when the silver 1998 Audi A4 1.6 crossed the double yellow lines. The operator then swerved back across the roadway, losing control of the vehicle.
The car then traveled off the south berm and up an embankment. After striking the embankment, the vehicle rolled numerous times. It rolled across the intersection and off the road again, landing on the driver's side.
Daniels was not wearing a seat belt, the Trooper said. The Wayne County Coroner pronounced the operator dead at the scene at 4:16 a.m.
Known as "Jake," Daniels was a Junior Firefighter for Forest Volunteer Fire Department with the rank of lieutenant, said 1st Assistant Chief Tim Knapp. The funeral is at Forest Volunteer Fire Station Wednesday, July 3rd at 11 a.m.
Daniels would have been a senior at Wallenpaupack Area High School. He was the son of Ruth and Michael (Daniels) Austin. More information about Jake and his family is found in his obituary in this edition.
Hawley Ambulance & Rescue Company and Hawley Fire Department responded to the scene. Daniels was not wearing a seat belt, the Trooper said. The Wayne County Coroner pronounced the operator dead at the scene at 4:16 a.m.
The vehicle sustained severe damage.