Ligonier woman killed in one-car crash

| Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, 11:54 a.m.



Ligonier woman killed in one-car crash

A Ligonier Township woman died Thursday morning when she lost control of her vehicle on Youngstown Ridge Road in Unity and struck a large rock along the berm, authorities said.

State police at Greensburg and the Westmoreland County Coroner's office identified the victim as Kerry L. Bittner, 41, of St. Paul Lane.

She was traveling east on Youngstown Ridge Road around 1 a.m. when she lost control of her 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier while rounding a curve, authorities said. Speed may have been a factor in the accident, Coroner Kenneth A. Bacha said.

“She could have been there for a few hours, possibly,” Bacha added. “(The accident) was unwitnessed.”

Bittner's car crossed the centerline, went up an embankment, then struck the rock before it came to rest on the north berm, authorities said.

Bittner, the lone occupant, was not wearing a seat belt, authorities said.

She was pronounced dead at the scene by Deputy Coroner Timothy P. O'Donnell.

She suffered blunt-force trauma to her head, neck and chest, according to the coroner's office. She was not using a cellphone at the time of the crash, O'Donnell said.

No autopsy is planned.

Toxicology results won't be available for a few weeks.

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