19-year-old killed in Slippery Rock collision

March 7, 2012 11:20 am

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A 19-year-old man who was driving "in an erratic manner" died Tuesday after his car swerved into oncoming traffic and hit another head-on in Slippery Rock Township, state police said.

Investigators said Zachary Cheeseman, of Portersville, was driving east on Route 422 at a "high rate of speed" when he crossed into oncoming traffic near Old Route 422 at about 4:30 p.m., striking a vehicle driven by 49-year-old David Thompson Jr., of New Castle.

Mr. Cheeseman, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected from his black Audi S4. Medics flew him to UPMC Presbyterian, where he was pronounced dead.

Mr. Thompson was trapped in his Toyota Tacoma truck for nearly an hour before Slippery Rock volunteer firefighters could get him out, according to police. Mr. Thompson remained in UPMC Presbyterian, where he was in critical condition Tuesday night, police said.

State police said they ordered toxicology tests on Mr. Cheeseman and were waiting for the results Tuesday night. Investigators shut the road down for about three and a half hours while they investigated the crash.

Liz Navratil: lnavratil@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1438 or on Twitter @LizNavratil.
First Published 2012-03-06 23:20:17

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