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Wet road, bald tires likely played role in fatal North Huntingdon wreck

| Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review
Firefighters and police work the scene of a fatality on Friday, June 13, 2014, at Route 30 in North Huntingdon across from Penn Lincoln Memorial Park.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review
Firefighters and police work the scene of a fatal accident along 14860 Route 30 in Irwin across from Penn Lincoln Memorial Park.

Slick road conditions coupled with speed and a pair of bald tires likely were factors in a fatal accident along Route 30 on Friday, according to authorities.

“We're still awaiting the results from our accident reconstructionist, but the preliminary investigation indicates that all the water on the roadway during the rainstorm along with speed and the fact that the rear tires of the vehicle driven by the young man who died likely contributed in the accident,” North Huntingdon police Chief Andrew Lisiecki said on Monday.

Witnesses told investigators that Matthew A. Kellerman, 18, of Peach Way in North Huntingdon, was traveling westbound when the Jeep sport utility vehicle he was driving appeared to hydroplane, according to Lisiecki.

The accident occurred at around 2:40 p.m. between Glendale Drive and Idaho Lane across from Penn Lincoln Memorial Park, according to a 911 dispatcher.

“Witnesses said the Jeep appeared to spin counterclockwise, which indicates that the driver may have over-compensated after it started to hydroplane,” Lisiecki said. “The vehicle then traveled across the eastbound lanes and struck two vehicles.”

Kellerman's SUV went airborne and landed on a guide rail, according to the chief.

One of the two vehicles that was hit was a van occupied by a female driver and four children. The other vehicle was an SUV driven by a man, Lisiecki said.

All six victims were taken to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries, the chief said.

Kellerman was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Westmoreland County Coroner's office.

Tony LaRussa is a Trib Total Media staff writer. Reach him at 412-856-7400, ext. 8626, or at tlarussa@tribweb.com. The Greensburg Tribune-Review contributed to this report.

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