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December 30, 2011

Man charged in death of woman changing tire

GRINDSTONE — A man is jailed on charges he was driving drunk when he struck and killed a southwestern Pennsylvania woman and injured her husband as the couple changed a tire.

Online court records don’t list an attorney for 40-year-old Donald Lowther, of Merrittstown, Fayette County.

He’s charged with homicide by vehicle while driving drunk and other crimes. Redstone Township police say Lowther ran into 21-year-old Kelly Branson, of Uniontown, and her husband, Adam, as they were changing a tire along U.S. Route 40 in Fayette County, about 40 miles south of Pittsburgh.

The Fayette County coroner says Kelly Branson died at the scene. Her husband was flown to a Pittsburgh hospital where he was reported in serious condition Friday.

Police say Branson was wearing a fluorescent safety vest and the couple’s car, which was partially on the narrow road, had its hazard lights on.

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