Huntingdon Valley Man Dies Following Crash

The man made a left turn in front of a SEPTA bus in Jenkintown.


A Huntingdon Valley man died this morning following a crash with a SEPTA bus yesterday at about 10:45 a.m. in Jenkintown.

Michael Breier, 85, died today at about 5:30 a.m., according to Jenkintown Police Chief Albert DiValentino.

DiValentino said that Breier attempted to make a left turn from southbound Old York Road onto Rydal Road. Breier was stopped at the intersection, the light turned red, and then Breier attempted to make the left in his 2006 Acura. 

“The victim was apparently turning against a red signal,” DiValentino said. “The bus, which was traveling north on York Road, had no time to stop. It’s a very sad, unfortunate situation.”

The victim was transported to Abington Memorial Hospital by the Second Alarmers; no one else was injured, DiValentino said.

Abington Police provided assistance.

DiValentino said the bus driver was not speeding.

“The bus driver was really shaken up — very upset,” DiValentino said. 

The last vehicular death in Jenkintown was about four years ago, according to DiValentino.

As for the intersection, DiValentino said, “It’s not especially dangerous. There is a green arrow there for making left turns. According to witnesses, [the victim’s] arrow was red and he turned in front of the bus and misjudged the distance.”

chris August 23, 2012 at 03:31 PM
So the man was at the light and turned left on red, more likely he was sitting at the light waiting for traffic to stop to make a left, which if your in the intersection your allowed to turn after red. but this also means the septa driver blew the red light and it caused the death... which clearly shows he was traveling a good bit of speed though a red light. i hope more investigating happens...
Rick August 23, 2012 at 04:25 PM
There is a red light for the left turn, which is different than the light for the traffic traveling straight through the intersection. Please don't jump to conclusions.
Mike August 23, 2012 at 07:35 PM
Please do not respond to things you have no idea about. OR, go to the intersection, sit there, look at the light phasing, then come back and make a comment. The left turn signal for south bound york is green ONLY when north bound is red. It then goes red and north bound goes green. Specifically to avoid this situation. It was an unfortunate misjudgement
MCohen August 27, 2012 at 09:31 PM
Chris, You made a judgement and a serious accusation that the Septa driver caused a death without you even knowing specifics! Can't you muster up any compassion for people who have been involved in an accident? You are fortunate if you have never experienced a tragedy or loss of a family member or friend. Get a grip on humanity!!!!


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