Tag: Fatal Crash

Police: Mom of 3 killed in ‘intentional’ crash on Route 68

061914-forward-twp-butlerBy WPXI


A 36-year-old woman was killed when police said a driver intentionally drove head-on into the Jeep Cherokee she was driving.

According to investigators, the crash happened late Wednesday night on Route 68 in Forward Township, Butler County, killing both drivers involved.

Channel 11’s Amy Marcinkiewicz reported that the driver of the Dodge Neon was at a home on West View Street prior to the crash.

Investigators said the man was violating a protection from abuse order filed by his ex-girlfriend by being at the home. Sources told Marcinkiewicz that the man threw bricks through the window of the woman’s home before he took off onto Route 68.


Officials said the driver was talking on the phone with police while he was driving, and based on things that were said, they believe the crash was intentional.


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1 dead in fiery crash in HOV lanes near Pittsburgh

020514-i279-hovBy Amber Nicotra – WTAE

ROSS TOWNSHIP, Pa. —State police are looking into a fatal early morning crash on Interstate 279 that had the high-occupancy vehicle lanes shut down for five hours Tuesday.

“At this point in time, we’re starting from scratch. All we know is we have a vehicle, we have one individual that was in that vehicle, and we’re unable to identify that vehicle,” said Trooper Robin Mungo of the Pennsylvania State Police.

Video: Watch Amber Nicotra’s report from I-279

Investigators believe the vehicle is a sport-utility type, possibly a Jeep Wrangler, but it’s unclear.

The driver was headed north when he hit a concrete wall near the Perrysville Avenue exit and flipped over and burst into flames.

“The individual, for unknown reasons at this time, obviously lost control of his vehicle. After several different impact points, the vehicle flipped over,” Mungo said. “All I know is that at some point in time he did ride the jersey barrier, that’s only one direction, that HOV lane.”

Police have yet to release the name of the victim and are working to notify his family.

“Obviously we have a family out there who is without their loved one so we want to give them at least some comfort knowing we were able to identify the body,” Mungo said. “We don’t want anyone to linger and wonder why their loved one isn’t home.”

Nobody else was hurt. The crash remains under investigation.

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3 W. Va. Teens Killed In Crash With Fire Truck

011914-wva-fire-truck-crashBy KDKA

HANCOCK COUNTY, W.Va. (KDKA) – Three teens were killed Saturday night after crashing into a fire truck in West Virginia.

Hancock Sheriff Ralph Fletcher and several deputies were back at the scene of the accident along Route 8, near Tomlinson State Park, where 16-year-olds Krysten Butcher, Kalen Blake Rice and John Emmett Snow were killed.

Police say their car was trying to pass another car on the two-lane highway, when they were hit by an oncoming fire truck traveling in the other lane.

Butcher and Rice died at the scene. Snow was pronounced dead at East Liverpool Hospital. All three were students at Oak Glen High School, where they had just left a basketball game.

“Our school community is devastated by this,” Oak Glen School District Superintendent Suzan Smith said. “These students are so young and, you know, they were so happy, full of life and it’s very difficult to try to understand why they were taken away from us at such a young age. I can’t even imagine what the families are going through.”

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Portion of Route 28 closed after fatal crash in Natrona Heights

011314-Natrona-Heights-fatalBy WPXI


A portion of Route 28 between the Natrona Heights and Freeport/Millerstown exits was closed Monday after a fatal crash.

State police responded to the accident in the northbound lanes around 9 a.m.

State police said a Pittsburgh Public Works employee who witnessed another crash stopped to help the people involved in the first accident.

“The city of Pittsburgh dump truck driver witnessed the crash. The driver [of the truck] stopped to be a good Samaritan to check on the young girl who had crashed,” Trooper Christopher Robbins said.

As the employee was talking the driver in the first crash, the driver of a Chevy Impala then lost control and slammed into the Pittsburgh Public Works dump truck. The 38-year-old driver died.

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Wednesday night crash claims Buffalo Township man

010914-buffalo-twp-accidentBy Jodi Weigand / photo by Erica Dietz – Valley News Dispatch

A Buffalo Township man died early this morning from injuries he suffered when a tractor-trailer rig crashed into his vehicle on Ekastown Road at Howes Run and Fleming roads Wednesday night.

Karl Thompson, 26, of 165 Thompson Road, died at about 1 a.m. at UPMC Presbyterian hospital in Pittsburgh, according to the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office. The cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head and trunk, the office said.

Buffalo Township police said it appears that Thompson pulled out in front of the tractor-trailer hauling steel on Ekastown Road.

The truck overturned, police said. No information was available from police this morning on the identity of truck driver

It was unclear whether Thompson pulled out from Fleming Road or Howes Run Road, police said.

Ekastown Road was closed for several hours, according to police.

The roads were snow-covered at the time of the crash. Police weren’t sure if conditions contributed to the crash.

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1 Dead After Car Ends Up In Washington Co. Creek

010614-burgettstown-crashBy KDKA

(KDKA) – One person is dead after a car ended up in a Washington County creek Sunday.

Police say a car ended up in a creek near Plum Run Avenue and W. Pittsburgh Street in Burgettstown Sunday afternoon.

Prior to landing in the creek, officials say the car — for unknown reasons — traveled across the center line, over a hillside and was airborne for nearly a quarter mile before hitting the creek bed.

Inside the car, police found 43-year-old Phillip S. Wolanski of Washington, Pa. dead.

Police say the crash was discovered by a passing motorist.

McDonald Borough Police are investigating.

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Two dead in Route 18 crash

122613-morris-twp-fatal-crashBy Emily Petsko – Observer-Reporter

Two drivers died Wednesday night in a two-vehicle accident in Prosperity, Morris Township, and two passengers were flown to Pittsburgh hospitals.

A Jeep SUV heading north, driven by Shari L. Cox, 46, of Plumsock Road, Prosperity, crossed the center line of Route 18 near Conklin Lane about 6:30 p.m. and struck a GMC SUV driven by Stephen Michael Breese, 28, of Ridgewood Drive, North Franklin Township, according to Washington County Coroner Tim Warco.

Cox, whose vehicle flipped on its side, was pronounced dead at the scene. Breese was transported to Washington Hospital and pronounced dead in the emergency room. Both died of multiple injuries, Warco said.

The conditions of the two passengers in Breese’s vehicle were not known and state police did not release their report late Wednesday.

A section of Route 18 between Conklin Lane and Bethel Church Road was closed Wednesday night.

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1 dead after car crashes into concrete wall in Bethel Park

121013-bethel-park-crashBY WTAE

BETHEL PARK, Pa. —One person was killed Monday afternoon when a car slammed into a concrete wall in Bethel Park.

Authorities identified the victim as Peter Mascracci, 25, of Bethel Park.

The car was going down Overhill Drive when it crashed head-on into a concrete wall that separates Old Connor Road from Connor Road, authorities said.

The cause of the crash is believed to be speed-related, but remains under investigation.

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Saltsburg Man Killed In Indiana Co. Crash

120313-indiana-fatalBy KDKA

INDIANA, Pa. (KDKA) — A Saltsburg man was killed in a one-vehicle crash Monday night in Indiana County.

The accident happened just after 9:30 p.m. along Park Drive, also known as Route 286, in Young Township.

The Indiana County Coroner’s Office identifies the victim as 37-year-old Peter Cindric, Jr. He was pronounced dead at the scene just before 11 p.m.

The coroner’s office reports that he died of blunt force trauma of the head and chest.

According to coroner’s office report, Cindric was headed northeast on Park Drive in his PT Cruiser when he lost control, crossed into the other lane and then struck a utility pole.

The vehicle ended up flipping onto its roof.

Investigators say he was not wearing a seatbelt and was partially ejected through the sunroof.

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1 killed, another injured in crash on Route 30 in Westmoreland Co.

120213-ligonier-Route30CrashBy WPXI


One person died and another was injured in a two-vehicle crash Monday morning in Westmoreland County.

Authorities said the accident was reported on Route 30 in Ligonier just after 6 a.m.

Investigators said the driver of a car collided with a pickup truck, and at least one person was trapped in the wreckage.

The victims’ names and condition of the surviving victim haven’t been released.

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