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July 27, 2010

Two killed in Westmoreland traffic accidents

DERRY — Two people have died in separate highway accidents in Westmoreland County.

State police said James Disciascio, 21, of New Alexandria, died about 11 p.m. Sunday when he wrecked the 1994 Dodge Neon he was driving.

A passenger, Jacob R. Vallorani, 17, of Derry, was not hurt.

The wreck occurred when Disciascio’s car, northbound on Route 982, traveled across the southbound lane and onto the shoulder, struck an embankment and became airborne, police said. The car landed on the road and began to roll over, and its undercarriage was struck by a Ford Thunderbird driven by Amanda L. Shirey, 22, of Ligonier.

Disciascio was ejected in the wreck.

Shirey suffered unspecified injuries, troopers said.

And at about 7 p.m. Monday, a Jeannette man was killed as he waited on his Yamaha motorcycle at a red light at Route 30 and Village Drive in Latrobe.

Troopers said the motorcycle operated by Anthony C. Markitell, 44, was struck from behind by an SUV driven by Janalee Westerman, 36, no hometown given.

Both vehicles traveled into the intersection, where a Buick SUV driven by Terry E. Hartman, 53, no hometown given, was struck on its side.

Markitell became unseated and fell to the ground with the motorcycle on top of him, troopers said. He was not wearing a helmet.

No one else, including three minor children in Westerman’s SUV, was injured.

In other police-related news:

Teen hurt in wreck

SOMERSET – A Friedens teenager suffered severe injury Monday evening when a car turned into his path as he was driving on Route 281 in Somerset.

State police said the boy’s SUV then struck a utility pole.

The boy, whose name was not released, was flown to Memorial Medical Medical Center following the 6 p.m. accident.

The driver of the car, identified as Jennifer D. Livengood, 35, of Friedens, was not injured.

Her passenger, Shawn A. Livengood, 38, of Friedens, suffered a minor injury, police said.

All those involved were wearing seatbelts, police said.

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