A perfect storm of bad circumstances found Thomas Ruck last Nov. 30 late at night on a Monroe County highway.
His Honda Civic was speeding. He had alcohol in his system. And when he went off Route 209 in Polk Township in the West End of the county, he hit a utility pole, splitting his car in half. The crash brought down live wires, initially preventing emergency medical personnel from reaching him.
Ruck, 31, of Effort, and the father of one, was on death’s door when he reached Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Muhlenberg by MedEvac helicopter, says Joseph Stirparo, MD, trauma surgeon at LVH–Muhlenberg.