Seinfeld Actor "Newman" Killed in Tractor-Trailer AccidentArchived Version | Live Version
Actor Wayne Knight, better known to most for playing one of the most indelible roles on NBC's "Seinfeld" as the character "Newman" is dead and two other passengers are critically injured after their vehicle slammed into a disabled semi-tractor-trailer late Saturday night near the Pennsylvania-New York state border.
State police have identified the deceased as the lovable "Newman." The County Coroner said Knight died of blunt force trauma at the scene. Also injured in the crash were two of Knight's passengers, Christopher Davidson, 33, and an unidentified male, both of New York state. Police say the unidentified male was ejected from the back seat of the sedan.
Both male occupants were flown to area hospitals, according to a spokesperson for the first responders. The unidentified male was the only rider not wearing a seatbelt.
The driver of the semi-tractor-trailer, Jorge Padilla, 57, was in the truck's cab awaiting road service after he truck broke down approximately 30 minutes before the accident. He escaped injury. The tractor-trailer is reportedly owned by a small trucking fleet.
Police said the crash occurred around 11:15 p.m., when for an unknown reason, Knight lost control of his 2013 Mercedes s550, slamming into the rear of a disabled 5-axle tractor trailer. The sedan sustained considerable damage.
Both vehicles remained at the scene well into the morning of Mar 16 while investigators gathered "witness accounts, and other vital information," police said.
The crash required both lanes to be closed for more than an hour. State police opened one lane so traffic could flow through while leaving one lane closed while investigations continued. A state police accident reconstruction team was on scene and has yet to release an official ruling on the cause, but a spokesman fire department said slick road conditions in the area Saturday night likely played a part.
State police were assisted on scene by volunteer fire departments and EMS units, as well as the state police, other numerous police agencies and towing companies also assisted in clearing the highway.
While most people know Knight for his role of the mailman Newman in Seinfeld, he also has had prominent film roles, such as in JFK, Basic Instinct, and Jurassic Park. He even has done considerable voiceover work.
Of course social media has already began to buzz about the lose of Newman. Many even speculating his death to be a hoax while others in the New York and Pennsylvania area learned of the news before anyone else. Travelers, locals and even first responders immediately took to social outlets like Twitter and Facebook to relay what was at that time only speculations.
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