One-car crash on Route 31 kills Donegal man

| Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, 10:48 a.m.

WESTMORELAND COUNTY

DONEGAL

Driver killed in Route 31 crash

A Donegal man died early Wednesday in a one-car crash near Acme.

Ralph W. Skovira, 22, of Church Street, was pronounced dead at the scene of the 2:45 a.m. crash on Route 31 by Westmoreland County Deputy Coroner Joshua Zappone.

State police said Skovira was driving his 2003 Audi A4 eastbound about two miles west of the turnpike interchange in Donegal Township when he crossed the center line and drove off the roadway for an unknown reason, striking a utility pole. Police said his car struck some trees before it flipped onto the passenger side and caught fire.

Skovira was pronounced dead at the scene.

Zappone said toxicology tests will not be completed for several weeks.

The highway was closed for a few hours while crews cleared the wreckage.

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