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February 22, 2013

Traffic accidents claim lives of 3 area men

— Three Somerset County men were killed in separate crashes Friday morning.

Benjamin P. Henning, 23, of Somerset, was killed in a one-vehicle accident around 1:30 a.m. on Route 31 in Donegal Township, Westmoreland County.

The Westmoreland County Coroner’s Office said Henning was eastbound when, for an unknown reason, his pickup truck crossed the center line and went off the roadway. The truck then climbed over the guiderail, struck a utility pole and became airborne, the report said. Henning was ejected from the vehicle.

Speed is believed to have played a factor in the accident, the report said.

The other two fatal accidents took place in Somerset County.

David Jeron Hostetler, 23, of Stoystown, was killed in a one-car accident on Route 281 North in Quemahoning Township.

State police said the time of the accident wasn’t known, but it was reported at 7:04 a.m.

Hostetler was traveling at a high rate of speed when his car went out of control and slid sideways off the roadway and into a tree, police said. The car started to roll and struck several other trees before coming to rest on its roof.

He was wearing a seat belt, police said.

David Sutton Sr., 62, of Stoystown, was killed in a one-car accident around 8:40 a.m. on Pompey Hill Road in Stonycreek Township.

State police said Sutton was westbound when his car went out of control while he was negotiating a right curve.

The car slid broadside across the eastbound lane, ran off the roadway and struck a tree head-on.

Sutton was not wearing a seat belt, police said.

All three men died at the accident scenes, authorities said.

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