Crash Investigation Nearing Completion

Police and Luzerne County’s district attorney should decide soon whether charges are warranted in the Aug. 25 crash that wounded seven family members who were out walking in the Polonia Estates neighborhood of Mountain Top.

Jigna J. Kyada, 51, was driving the car that struck Bryan and Nina Herbst, their four young children and their niece. Both the driver and the injured family live in the Polonia Estates neighborhood.

Police have not said what caused the crash. The driver was taken in for questioning after the crash but was then released.

“I just spoke with the state police, and we’re still waiting on their accident reconstruction,” Rice Township Police Sgt. Harry Ehret said. “The DA wants to get that in and then sit down and discuss” whether charges should be filed against Kyada, he said. He expects answers in the next

week or so.

Kyada’s Nissan sedan struck the

family as they were talking a walk along a straight stretch of Aleksander Boulevard to a neighbor’s house. A stroller and a child’s shoe remained at the accident scene after the victims were transported to hospitals, along with the car, which had a cracked windshield. Kyada’s car crossed the center line and struck the family, who were walking along the opposite edge of the roadway.

A number of local fundraisers have assisted the family, including a Wilkes vs. Marywood women’s soccer game, a motorcycle ride in Mountain Top, a family fun day at Christ United Methodist Church in Mountain Top, and a youcaring.comonline fundraiser.

All family members have been discharged from the hospital, but they are requesting privacy while they heal.