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Prominent veterinarian dies in fatal automobile accident

April 27th, 2012 by Gabriel Z. Levin
Dr. Balmer was married to well-known horse trainer Kelly Stackowicz.

A prominent veterinarian working in West Pennsylvania was involved in an automobile accident that killed two people on Saturday  April 14. The South Strabane Township police indicted that Dr. Richard Balmer was driving along Route 19, when his car was hit by a van. The impact caused the 63-year-old driver to lose control of his vehicle. The car then traveled approximately 900 feet before it hit a guardrail, tree, and eventually, a parked car, according to reports. 

Dr. Balmer was married to well-known horse trainer Kelly Stackowicz. She said her husband was airlifted to UPMC-Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh. Upon entering the medical center, doctors were forced to insert and plate and screw to repair a fractured cheek and damaged eye socket. He also suffered a badly bruised bicep, but is still alive.

The driver of the van who was responsible for the accident had a heart attack and died at the scene. His wife attempted to prevent her husband's van from hitting Balmer's, but she was unable to do so. She also suffered unspecified injuries and died Saturday night.

No report has been released as to what caused the driver of the van to hit Balmer's vehicle.

Not all car crashes are fatal, although many can cause a person to endure serious bodily harm. If you have been injured in an automobile accident and have suffered neck injuries or back injuries, you may benefit from a consultation with a car accident and injury lawyer. He or she can help you assess your claim and try your case in a court of law if necessary.

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