By Randy Griffith – The Tribune-Democrat
Two men died in separate crashes early Sunday on area roads.
Christopher E. Maddy, 23, of Cairnbrook, was killed when his car left Monument Road and struck a utility pole in Shade Township. After striking the pole, the car rolled over and came to rest back on the roadway.
Somerset County Coroner Wallace Miller ruled Maddy died of blunt force injuries to the head and chest.
In the other crash, Clifford N. McCachren III, 29, of Vintondale, died when his car left Route 403 and struck several trees in Buffington Township, Indiana County.
The County Line Road resident was traveling south on Route 403 about a mile south of Strongstown about 3 a.m. Sunday when his car went off the left shoulder of the road and traveled several hundred feet through a yard before striking the trees and coming to rest in a drainage ditch, Indiana County Coroner Jerry L. Overman Jr. reports.
McCachren was pronounced dead at the scene by Overman, who listed the cause of death as blunt force trauma to the head and neck.
McCachren was not wearing a seatbelt, Overman notes, adding that alcohol may have been a factor.
By The Indiana Gazette
PINE TOWNSHIP — At least one person died and several people were reported to be injured this morning when a coal truck and a sport utility vehicle were involved in a collision on Route 422 east of Strongstown.
More than a mile of the highway was closed between Route 403 and Red Mill Road while state police and the Indiana County Coroner’s Office investigated the accident.
The wreck was reported at 7:23 a.m. to the Indiana County 911 center. Dispatchers sent the Pine Township, Cherryhill Township and Vintondale fire departments to scene.
According to reports from the scene, the vehicles collided near Motorycle Lane, a small private road on the north side of Route 422. The coal truck overturned off the north side of the highway and was engulfed in fire, and the SUV came to rest in the westbound lane, on the north edge of the road.
By Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
A woman was killed in a crash Sunday morning in Westmoreland County when the car she was riding in veered off the road and struck several trees, state police said.
Tabitha R. Hough, 26, of Mount Pleasant was pronounced dead at 7:15 a.m. after the crash in Donegal Township, according to county coroner Kenneth Bacha.
Police said Ms. Hough was a passenger in a vehicle that was traveling east along Route 130 when, for an unknown reason, it veered off the road, traveled into a grassy area and hit the trees. The accident occurred at 5:49 a.m. near Dillon Road.
The coroner ruled the cause of death as blunt force trauma to the head and neck; he ruled the manner of death an accident.
By Sarah Arbogast – KDKA
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Police are investigating a fatal pedestrian accident along the Parkway North early Monday morning.
According to police, the accident happened on the northbound side of the road about one mile south of the Interstate 79/279 split.
State Police said there are still a number of unanswered questions in this case. The biggest question is why the woman was walking along the interstate to begin with.
Police say just before 4 a.m., a minivan struck a woman walking right in one of the northbound lanes.
“All I know is that she was actually in a lane of travel. How she was walking or how fast she was walking or how she ended up in that lane of travel, I’m not sure, but she was struck by that minivan,” State Police Trooper Robin Mungo said.
Police said the woman was killed on impact and was thrown nearly 225 feet before coming to a rest on the road.
Meanwhile, the driver immediately stopped and was cooperative with police.
State police said a Uniontown woman was killed in a violent car accident Sunday in Redstone Township.
Police said a vehicle driven by Christy M. Moody, 29, was traveling at a high rate of speed when she lost control of the vehicle around 11:27 p.m. on Route 40 about a quarter mile from David Siding Road. Police said the vehicle was airborne as it rolled and flipped numerous times, hit a parked car before it crash landed on the front porch of a private residence.
Police said Moody was pronounced dead 12:42 a.m. today by Fayette County Deputy Coroner Bob Furin.
Read more: http://www.heraldstandard.com/news/hsnewsnow/uniontown-woman-killed-in-car-crash/article_259995af-3862-513e-8664-531752434ea5.html
By Bob Allen – KDKA
NORTH BRADDOCK (KDKA)- Police are investigating a deadly crash in North Braddock.
It happened around 2:30 a.m. Friday morning along Ardmore Boulevard, Route 30, near the Vincent’s Pizza.
Reports indicate the car slammed into a hillside and a tree and one person was ejected.
The Allegheny County Coroner and homicide detectives are on the scene.
Ardmore Blvd was blocked off on both sides of the crash as officials investigated. However, it was reopened around 5 a.m.
Read more: http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2014/08/08/fatal-crash-on-ardmore-boulevard/