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Wrong-way driver on Route 28 causes crash

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By Braden Ashe

Published: Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, 9:54 p.m.

State police in Kittanning are investigating a hit-and-run crash that a wrong-way driver caused on Route 28 in O'Hara.

Police said Francis Esposito, 81, of Pittsburgh was traveling north in the southbound lanes after entering on an off-ramp from Fox Chapel Road about 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

Jeffrey Torin, 51, of Indiana Township was southbound on Route 28 and spotted Esposito's Cadillac approaching his Honda SUV from the opposite direction. Torin stopped to prevent a crash and Esposito from continuing northbound, according to Trooper Timothy Amy.

That's when a southbound 1994 Chevrolet Silverado, which Amy said was speeding, crashed into the rear of Torin's SUV.

The Silverado continued south, exited and drove over a curb and into a yard on Fox Chapel Road.

“There was radiator fluid all over the road and the car made a complete 180-degree turn in the yard,” Amy said. “I think the driver figured it was disabled.”

The driver abandoned the pickup and ran off, according to Amy. He had no description of the driver.

The pickup's owner, whom Amy did not identify, reported it stolen an hour after the crush.

The driver of the Silverado will be charged with hit-and-run and other traffic violations, police said. Esposito will be issued a traffic citation for careless driving.

Anyone with more information about the incident is asked to call police at 724-543-2011.

Braden Ashe is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4673 or



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