Tragedy strikes each year in the form of motor vehicle accidents, but 2012 will be remembered as a particularly painful one for the region.

Eight fatal accidents took the lives of 11 people, including a former Northumberland County judge and members of his family, a retired teacher and a popular businessman.

Florida crash

Word reached Northumberland County from

Everglades City, Fla., on Feb. 8 that a vehicle driven by Shamokin attorney James J. Rosini, 66, traveled through a flashing red light, and was struck broadside by a conversion van. Killed in the crash were Rosini, his wife, Patricia C. Rosini, his brother, William J. Rosini, 68, of Coal Township, and his brother's companion, Deborah A. Korbich, 59, of Elysburg.

A special viewing was held at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional School for the four, and Rosini was memorialized during a ceremony at the Northumberland County Courthouse.

"The court has lost a colleague. The county has lost a wise counsel," attorney Matthew Kaar said at the service.

Retired teacher

Ed Rhoades, a retired Southern Columbia art teacher, was killed on July 31 when he lost control of the mountain bike he was riding in Old Reading Road, Catawissa Township, and struck a pickup truck head on. Superintendent Charles Reh called Rhoades "a great guy, willing to help out when he was needed to."

Restaurant owner

Workers and customers at Pop Snyder's Lunch, Sunbury, were stunned over the death of owner William R. Hudson, who died in an Oct. 31 crash on Route 192 in West Buffalo Township, Union County. Before his work in the restaurant, Hudson was a Sunbury police officer for 21 years, retiring in 1995. His father, William, was a Shamokin police officer for 28 years before retiring in 1979.

First crash

The area's first fatal crash of 2012 occurred on Jan. 16 and claimed the life of Sheena (Camp) Picarella, 51, of Shamokin. She was riding in a pickup truck that went out of control on an icy bridge, struck the top of a guardrail with its roof and ejected her.

Motorcycle accident

Brian T. Kelley, 59, of Danville, was killed in a March 8 crash on Route 54 just outside of Elysburg, when the motorcycle he was riding crashed into a school van.

ATV crash

Following a day-long search by friends and authorities, the body of Thomas F. Kruskie III, 25, of Shamokin, was found at the bottom of a remote and extremely rocky road two miles from Gap Road on March 9. He had been riding an ATV when the crash occurred in Zerbe Township.

SAHS grad

Zerbe Township was also the site of a fatal crash on June 14, when a vehicle overturned after hitting a ditch along Anthracite Road. David W. Dorsett, 19, of Coal Township, died in the June 14 crash, just nine days after graduation from Shamokin Area High School.

Snydertown Road

Another young life was taken on Sept. 27. Sarah Ellen Reid, 18, of Athens, was killed in a crash on a wet Snydertown Road when she lost control of her vehicle on a left-hand curve and it struck two trees.