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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Eleven Died in PA Holiday Weekend Crashes

Harrisburg – Eleven people died in crashes investigated by state police during the Labor Day holiday weekend – including six in McKean County.

262 others were injured in the 661 crashes investigated by state police. This total does not include crashes investigated by local police.

The McKean County crash happened Saturday afternoon when an SUV driven by 36-year-old Kathy Douglas of Kane crossed the center line at the intersection of Route 219 and Meade Run Road and hit car head-on. Douglas’s daughter 12-year-old girl Olivia Douglas and her nephew 6-year-old Jarrett were pronounced dead at the scene. Douglas and her 10-year-old son were flown to Pittsburgh hospitals for treatment of serious injuries.

62-year-old Gary Beimel, 55-year-old Elaine Beimel, 54-year-old David Cuneo and 81-year-old Florence Donachy, all of St. Marys, were also pronounced dead at the scene.

The official holiday driving period was Aug. 30 through Sept. 2. During that time, troopers cited 819 individuals for not wearing seat belts and issued citations to 111 motorists for not securing children in safety seats.

Troopers also issued 9,149 speeding citations and arrested 351 operators for driving under the influence. Of the 661 crashes investigated by state police, 77 of those crashes, including two of the fatal crashes, were alcohol related.

During last year’s four-day Labor Day holiday driving period, six people died and 262 others were injured in 746 crashes to which state troopers responded.

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