A 15 week-old baby was killed and its 28 year-old mother injured Monday morning, June 7, when they were struck by a car while crossing Lehman Street at North 10th Street in Lebanon city.

According to a Lebanon Police Department media release, a southbound vehicle on 10th Street, operated by a 60 year old man, made a left turn to go east on Lehman.  The car struck the mother and the baby, who was being pushed in a stroller.  They were crossing Lehman from the northeast corner to the southeast corner.

The mother was hospitalized. The driver and his four year old passenger were uninjured.

On Wed. afternoon, June 9, Lebanon City Police Chief Todd Breiner identified the injured mother as Maricel Gil of Lebanon. She suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was treated at a local medical facility. She is recovering, according to Breiner.

Her deceased infant son was identified as Oswaldo Garcia.

The driver was identified as 60-year-old Oliver Johnson Jr. of South Lebanon Township.

Breiner provided no additional details on the incident, other than to say that the investigation is ongoing, and did not state whether charges are being considered.

The LPD has not said whether the mother and child were within a marked crosswalk when they were struck.

Witnesses asked to contact police

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident is asked to call the Lebanon Police Department at 717-272-6611.

The LPD is being assisted in its ongoing investigation by the Lebanon County District Attorney’s Serious Traffic Accident Reconstruction Team. 

This article was updated Wed., June 9, with additional information from the Lebanon City Police.

Chris Coyle writes primarily on government, the courts, and business. He retired as an attorney at the end of 2018, after concentrating for nearly four decades on civil and criminal litigation and trials. A career highlight was successfully defending a retired Pennsylvania state trooper who was accused,...