Car accident kills park resident

| 29 Sep 2011 | 08:08

    BUSHKILL - Jean Zipser, a long-time resident of a historic property in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, was killed in a car accident on Monday, Feb 13. Zipser, 59, was driving southbound Monday afternoon on Old Mine Road when her 2003 Subaru Outback went off the left side of the road, back onto the roadway, back to the left again into an embankment, then rolled onto its left side on the road. The accident occurred near the Copper Mines trailhead about two miles south of Millbrook Village in the park’s New Jersey District. Zipser was killed instantly. The cause of the accident is unknown. New Jersey State Police troopers and NPS rangers are conducting a joint investigation into the accident. Zipser had lived in her family’s residence on Old Mine Road all her life. The house is located just across from the former Depew swim beach. Five years ago, Zipser created the Pahaquarry Foundation in partnership with the park. The foundation was based at the park-owned B.B. VanCampen property, located to the rear of her residence. The foundation brought adults and children to the park to explore the arts in an outdoor context. “Jean was an impassioned spokesperson for local history and for the arts,” said Superintendent John J. Donahue. “She did a great deal toward advancement of both causes and was a long-time park partner in these efforts. We will miss her.”