Teen dies after Slippery Rock crash

March 6, 2012 11:21 pm

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

Investigators said Zachary Cheeseman was driving east on U.S. 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 49-year-old David Thompson Jr.

Mr. Cheeseman, who was not wearing a seatbelt, flew out of 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. Mr. Thompson remained in UPMC Presbyterian, where he was being treated for "major injuries" Tuesday night.

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 22:21:44

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