Motorcyclist Hospitalized after Perkiomen Crash

The incident occurred on Gravel Pike at Plank Road Tuesday morning.


A 26-year-old Norristown woman was injured during a Tuesday morning crash on Gravel Pike at Plank Road, in which a Schwenksville woman allegedly failed to stop at a marked stop sign, according to the Pennsylvania State Police.

Gladys Molina, of Schwenksville, was turning left on to Gravel Pike from Plank Road in her Volvo S60 when she struck Marilyn Steckiel, 26, of Norristown, who was riding a Honda Interceptor motorcycle, around 7:30 a.m. according to police.

Steckiel was thrown from her motorcycle and landed in the southbound lane of Gravel Pike; Molina went on to strike a tree and came to a rest in the southbound shoulder of Gravel Pike, police said.

Both Molina, 57, and her 15-year-old passenger were uninjured.

Lower Frederick EMS transported Steickel to Paoli Hospital with injuries of an unknown severity, according to police, and both vehicles sustained disabling damage and were towed from the scene.

The crash affected Perkiomen Valley High School, which delayed homeroom due to traffic detours caused by the crash.

Molina was charged with failure to stop at a stop sign.

Parsley February 27, 2013 at 03:42 AM
Horrible intersection....especially between 7-9am and 4-6pm. I wonder if a traffic light will ever be put up here. Probably not, since Ott Road doesn't meet up squarely with Rt 29 and Plank Rd.
Warren Nuckols February 27, 2013 at 04:27 AM
They have to do something there way to many accidents i guess someone has to get killed for them to act then it's just a little bit to late.
shannon d February 27, 2013 at 04:49 AM
Its the worst intersection in the area. There have been way too many times I've had to slam on my brakes because someone pulled out in front of me from Ott or Plank, only for them to stop to turn onto the other road. I know better than to even get close to the 45mph speed limit there because of the close calls. How can someone not from the area know that?
Parsley February 27, 2013 at 04:57 AM
Yeah, 45 mph on Rt 29 approaching Plank/Ott Roads is asking for trouble, especially during the rush hours. People get so impatient waiting to turn onto 29, they just end up pulling out dangerously many times. Scary stuff. I've even avoided the Plank Rd/Rt 29 intersection during rush hour by driving all the way up Rt 73. (instead of waiting on Plank Rd.) just to hit the light on 29 just south of Schwenksville where you know it will be safe.
Chris_Schwenksville February 27, 2013 at 12:03 PM
There are plans to align the intersection with a light I believe. The state didn't have the money in 2013 as it isn't a "priority" so it got bumped to 2014.
Margo February 27, 2013 at 02:17 PM
Trying to make a left from Plank onto Rt. 29 is taking your life in your hands. Very few are kind enough to let you make the turn and then you are competing with the oncoming traffic.
Marilyn February 27, 2013 at 03:05 PM
I hope Gladys is ok. I would love a light there... Or at least a traffic circle. If I hadn't been on my bike, she and her passenger might have gotten serious injuries. Btw, my last name is Steckiel, and it rhymes with heckle.
melissa s February 27, 2013 at 05:25 PM
Parsley - your comment is 100% accurate to shannon d's comment! The people making a right turn onto Route 29 from Ott Road just pull right out in front of oncoming cars, only to stop and let cars go who are trying to turn left from Plank Road. Then while you're sitting there waiting in the back-up, the Ott Road traffic inches closer to your car because they're so impatient and they think you should let them out. Well I never do! I absolutely HATE this intersection.
Mc February 27, 2013 at 08:43 PM
Marilyn, Im glad you are OK! I ride as well and that intersection scares the crap out out me!
Mary Jo Ansel February 27, 2013 at 09:55 PM
The alignment of Plank and Ott road has been in the works for years and keeps getting put off - it should have been done years ago! We live right up the road from this intersection and it is horrible. My high school kids saw the aftermath of this wreck and it really scared them. I am so glad that Marilyn is ok and so are my high school kids!
Parsley February 27, 2013 at 10:30 PM
Pathetic. Like Warren said earlier in his post, it's going to take deaths at that intersection for something to finally happen. I'd love a list of other projects that they see more important than that intersection.
Rees March 01, 2013 at 11:28 PM
Is there a place or person that we could lobby to get this intersection realigned before someone is killed there? I'm appalled that we don't place a higher priority on a reasonable level of safety included in our road planning and construction.


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