Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.
By Judy Kroeger
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
State police at Uniontown have identified the victims involved in a head-on collision in Connellsville Township Monday night that left two men dead and a third critically injured.
They are Storm A. Grimm, 22; his passenger, Lester J. "Butchie" Walker, 22; and Richard A. Grimaldi, 66, all from Connellsville.
Police said Grimm was driving east on East Crawford Avenue near Newport Street at 10:04 p.m. His 1990 Acura Integra reportedly crossed the double yellow center line for unknown reasons, continued traveling in the oncoming lane and struck a westbound 2006 Jeep Commander Limited driven by Grimaldi, a Connellsville dentist.
Grimm and Walker died at the scene.
A STAT MedEvac helicopter flew Grimaldi to UPMC Presbyterian, Pittsburgh, where he remained in critical condition Tuesday night.
Grimaldi was alone in his vehicle.
State police at Uniontown continue to investigate the accident's cause.
In addition to state police, Connellsville police, Fayette EMS, American EMS, the Connellsville Township Volunteer Fire Department and New Haven Hose Company responded.
The accident closed East Crawford Avenue into the early morning hours Tuesday. Police and firefighters detoured traffic around the accident scene.
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