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Police remain mum on deadly wreck in Monroeville

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By Valley News Dispatch
Saturday, July 20, 2013, 11:42 p.m.

Further details about the accident that killed a Parks Township woman and her son Thursday remain unavailable.

Police still have not released the name of the 65-year-old man whom they say crashed his pickup truck into two cars along the Golden Mile Highway section of Route 286 in Monroeville.

The second car he hit was carrying Jennifer Sample, 28, and her son, Daniel Eck, 7, who were killed in the collision.

Police said Sample's husband, Cody Sample, who was driving their vehicle, suffered serious injuries, but the hospital where he is being treated has not been named. A fourth occupant of the Samples' vehicle, 15-month-old Ben Sample, escaped serious injury, police said.

The 65-year-old pickup driver also was injured and taken to a hospital. The lone occupant of the first vehicle struck by the truck when it veered into the northbound lane was not injured, police said.

Calls from the Valley News Dispatch to a spokesman for the Allegheny County police, who are handling the crash investigation, were not returned Saturday.

Meanwhile, the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's office released the results of an autopsy conducted Saturday on Jennifer Sample. It determined that she died of blunt force trauma to the head and chest. Her death was ruled accidental

Investigators, to this point, said they do not believe drugs or alcohol played a role in the collision but must wait for toxicology testing to be completed before a final determination is made.

They also are investigating if the driver of the pickup truck was suffering a medical event at the time of the collision.

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