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N.J. man dies eight days after accident

June 07, 1999|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A New Jersey man injured in a May accident in Greene Township died Sunday night at Chambersburg Hospital, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Oscar Maldonado, 30, of Trenton, was pronounced dead at Chambersburg Hospital at 10:47 p.m., according to Franklin County Coroner Kenneth L. Peiffer. He died of adult respiratory distress syndrome due to blood poisoning, Peiffer said.

Peiffer said the condition was due to a tear in Maldonado's lower intestinal tract that ocurred in the car accident, which happened at about 12:30 a.m. on May 29.

The crash was on Scotland Road near the Sycamore Grove Road intersection, according to Trooper Joe Davidson.

Davidson said Maldonado was a passenger in a car driven by Alejandro Figueroa, 20, of 383 E. Washington St., Chambersburg.

Figueroa was driving south on Scotland Road when he lost control on a curve and struck a telephone pole.

The trooper said Figueroa receieved a broken arm and other injuries in the crash. He was charged with driving under the influence, arraigned before District Justice David Hawbaker and jailed in Franklin County Prison on $5,000 bond.

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Davidson said Figueroa made bail on June 1.

Another passenger in the car, Jose Estrada-Gramajo, 25, of Hamilton, N.J., received moderate injuries, police said.

A hospital spokeswoman said he has since been discharged.

Davidson said he discussed the case Monday with the Franklin County District Attorney's Office and additional charges could be filed.

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