Police and Firefighters who dedicate themselves to helping their communities are rightfully known as heroes by most. It becomes especially horrific when one of these heroes is fatally wounded in an avoidable motor vehicle accident. Sadly, this is the case for a veteran Reading Firefighter who died Sunday after sustaining catastrophic injuries in a 3-vehicle crash in Maidencreek Township on Friday.
Berks County coroner’s office announced yesterday that Erik Hirner died Sunday night at Reading Hospital. Hirner was involved in a crash on Friday during which two SUV’s collided and then struck his motorcycle. The crash occurred on Maidencreek Road between Calcium and Evansville Roads when a Northbound SUV crossed the center line and collided with another SUV heading South. The driver of the SUV that caused the crash tried to stay on the road after impact but crashed into Hirner’s motorcycle instead.
At this time, it is unclear whether or not the negligent driver who caused the crash will be brought up on any criminal charges such as wrongful death. Although, details are still emerging as the crash is still under investigation. All flags were flown at half-staff outside each fire station in Berks County, Monday.
At Edelstein, Martin & Nelson, we understand that these tragedies affect us all in deeply personal ways. We realize the lifelong dedication it takes to be a well-respected firefighter, and we offer our sincerest condolences. Helping others is the noblest profession, and Hirner’s loved ones deserve the most compensation possible for their loss. If you have a loved one who was fatally injured by a negligent driver, please don’t hesitate to call 888-208-1810 today.