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Wilmerding teen charged in Elizabeth Twp. accident

| Tuesday, May 14, 2013, 1:56 a.m.

Police say the occupants of two vehicles involved in a weekend crash in Elizabeth Township probably avoided serious injury because they were using proper restraint systems.

The collision between the vehicles occurred at about 8:10 p.m. at the intersection of Boston Hollow Road and Smithfield Street when a Saturn struck a Ford, causing it to roll on its roof.

The driver of the Saturn, Amanda Zilinskas, 18, of Wilmerding is being charged with failure to yield to the Ford, which had just come off the Boston Bridge and was traveling straight through the intersection on Boston Hollow.

Police said Zilinskas, who'd been traveling in the opposite direction on Boston Hollow Road, was making a left turn onto Smithfield Street when she hit the oncoming car.

A 36-year-old male and 3-year-old girl in the Ford escaped serious injury, as did Zilinskas and a 21-year-old passenger in her car.

Both vehicles were heavily damage and had to be towed from the scene.

Eric Slagle is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1966, or eslagle@tribweb.com.

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