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Accident fatal 50 years later

Published:Sunday | August 30, 2015 | 8:00 AM


Authorities say a man died last week of injuries he sustained when he was hit by a vehicle in eastern Pennsylvania a half-century ago.

The Lehigh County coroner's office said Richard Albright, 58, died on Monday night at the Good Shepherd Home-Raker Centre in Allentown.

Officials said he was one of two young boys injured in a July, 1965, accident in Allentown. The other boy had only minor injuries.

The Morning Call in Allentown said its reports at the time indicated that Albright suffered head injuries and two broken legs. He was reported in critical condition a day after the accident, but was said to be "holding his own".

First Deputy Coroner Eric Minnich said Albright's case is unusual, but not unprecedented in terms of the time between the injuries and the person's death.

"We looked back pretty far to see the chain of events," he told The Morning Call. "He was a quadriplegic secondary to this pedestrian accident. He was still receiving treatment for injuries received 50 years earlier.

"This required a lifetime of treatment and basically he was paralysed," he said. "This is something that he never achieved a full recovery from."