Monday, July 26, 2010

Driver killed in Derry crash

Monday, July 26, 2010
By Anthony Fenech, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A 21-year-old man was killed late Sunday when he lost control of his vehicle in Derry Township.

James Disciascio was driving his vehicle with two passengers inside as he failed to negotiate a right-hand turn on State Route 982, about a mile north of Latrobe.

"The operator was driving too fast," said Trooper Stephen Limani of the Pennsylvania State Police Greensburg barracks. "There's a curve, the road is winding and has a lot of curves to it, up and down."

Mr. Disciascio's vehicle hit a freeway embankment before rolling into oncoming traffic. While rolling, the car was struck by an oncoming vehicle, said Trooper Limani.

Mr. Disciascio was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected during the roll. He was flown to UPMC Presbyterian, where he was pronounced dead.

Trooper Limani said the driver and passengers in the oncoming vehicle were not seriously injured. He also said the passengers in Mr. Disciascio's vehicle, a 22-year-old woman and 17-year-old boy, were taken to a Latrobe hospital and did not have major injuries.

"Those two people had seatbelts on," he said. "There's usually a direct correlation."

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