Catasauqua Press

Tuesday, November 21, 2017
PRESS PHOTOS BY PAUL CMILA vehicle driven by Michael Kolessar, of Valley View Road, was wedged into the garage of his neighbor March 13. Soon after the accident, crews were working to put up temporary structural supports at the back to guard against the winter storm that hit the following day. PRESS PHOTOS BY PAUL CMILA vehicle driven by Michael Kolessar, of Valley View Road, was wedged into the garage of his neighbor March 13. Soon after the accident, crews were working to put up temporary structural supports at the back to guard against the winter storm that hit the following day.
Personnel from East Allen Township and Allen Township fire departments, along with state police and East Allen Township Volunteer Ambulance Corps, converge on the scene at 8043 Valley View Drive, East Allen Township. Personnel from East Allen Township and Allen Township fire departments, along with state police and East Allen Township Volunteer Ambulance Corps, converge on the scene at 8043 Valley View Drive, East Allen Township.

Vehicle crashes through neighbor’s garage in E. Allen

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Police Log

On March 13, Mary Greenberg was having a relaxing morning recovering from a recent bout in the hospital when she heard a crash. “At first, I thought someone was trying to break in to the house,” she said. “I called my husband (Richard), who got here quickly.”

Greenberg’s neighbor, Michael Kolessar, had been backing out of his driveway and, according to his wife, Irene, he blacked out. His vehicle went through Greenberg’s garage door and collapsed the back wall of the garage. The driveways of the two neighbors are perfectly aligned across Valley View Road.

Michael Kolessar was stuck in the car and had to be freed by East Allen Township Fire Department personnel.

“He’s been on the medication for a while, but he never blacked out before,” Irene Kolessar said.

She said her husband appeared to be okay, but he was transported to the hospital for observation by members of East Allen Volunteer Ambulance Corps.

Richard Greenberg was out assessing the damage after the accident.

“It doesn’t look like I have any structural damage. I hate to have the building open with the storm coming on,” he said.

He added the couple was all set for the potential blizzard.

“I had the generator in there in case the power went out,” Richard Greenberg said.

Gary Mathesz, in his role with the fire department, was pleased that no one was injured.

“It’s an inconvenience, but the thing I have learned working in the fire department is that physical things like this can be fixed,” he said.

Neighbors said they were impressed with the speed in which the fire department responded to the call.

“We were ready to go when we got the call,” Mathesz said. “Allen Township got here about the same time as we did.”