Police continue probe of crash that killed good samaritan in Mayfield
MAYFIELD A Mayfield woman injured in a roadside accident last week remained in fair condition at Albany Medical Center Hospital on Wednesday as state police continued their investigation into the crash, which left a good samaritan dead.
Darcy L. Lawton, 37 suffered severe leg injuries in the crash that claimed the life of Charles “John” Van Every — a veteran mechanic who was helping Lawton change a tire.
According to state police, Van Every and his brother Pearl Van Every went to the scene off state Route 30 around 9 a.m., responding to a call from Lawton whose car lost a tire.
They had finished replacing the tire when Robert Haner, 84, of Northville, crashed his car into the group, killing Charles Van Every and injuring Lawton.
No tickets have been issued in the case and the State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is still piecing together details of the crash, according to an email Tuesday from Troop G spokesman Trooper Mark Cepiel.
The accident reconstruction will take “weeks” and will precede any determination on citations, Cepiel said. “Nothing has been ruled out and nothing has been finalized as of now,” he said in the email.
Funeral services were held Monday for Van Every, a man remembered as somebody always willing to help others.
People commenting in the online guest book of the Northville Funeral Service call Van Every a “great man,” a “special gentleman” and somebody who was “always there” to help.
Van Every, 64, worked for 17 years at Skip’s Service Station in Northville before retiring from a long career as a mechanic, said Robin Wilson, a co-owner of the garage.
She said she was not surprised at how Van Every met his end — helping somebody else — because that’s the type of person he was.
“He was a wonderful, wonderful person. He would do anything for anybody, and that shows,” Wilson said.
Van Every lived on Route 30, and Wilson said she’d see people pulling into his driveway constantly seeking advice related to their vehicles.
“He never really retired, he was the kind that always worked,” she said.