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Tuesday, May 1, 2012, 10:46 p.m.

A child from Aspinwall died in a crash Tuesday night along Route 28 near the RIDC Park in O'Hara, state police said.

Elijah Straw, 6, died at Children's Hospital in Lawrenceville about 8:25 p.m., nearly an hour after the crash, a spokesman with the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office.

A neighbor said the boy's parents and brother were hospitalized with injuries from the crash. Police did not identify the other people who were in car.

Straw was in the back seat of a 2004 Pontiac Vibe when it had a mechanical malfunction and became disabled while traveling north on 28, police said.

Kirk Fair, 38, of Kittanning hit the back of the Vibe in a truck, causing both vehicles to leave the roadway, police said. Fair had minor injuries.

The 42-year-old male driver and the 38-year-old female front passenger from the Vibe suffered moderate injuries and were taken to UPMC Presbyterian, police said. Another passenger, a 4-year-old boy, is in critical condition at Children's Hospital.

Suzanne Columbus, 53, lives across the street from the Straws and is watching their pet dog today. She identified the family as Tom and Jennifer Straw and their youngest son Rowan. "The whole family is just delightful," she said. "We love these little boys to death. This is a tragedy."

A relative of the Straws declined comment as she left the house.

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