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Westmoreland coroner identifies traffic accident victim

Guy Wathen | Tribune-Review
Midway St. Clair fire Chief Rich Kepple documents the scene of a fatal accident under the Route 119 overpass in Hempfield, near the intersection of Fry Hollow and King Thorn roads, on Jan. 29, 2013.

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Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, 11:06 a.m.

A Mt. Pleasant Borough man died Tuesday morning when his car plunged from a bridge on Route 119 in Hempfield and into a creek.

David E. Williams, 40, died at the scene of the accident, which was reported at 8 a.m., according to the Westmoreland County Coroner's Office.

Williams was driving north on Route 119, less than a mile north of Technology Drive, when his car left Route 119 for an unknown reason. It is unclear what time the accident happened, but it likely was overnight, according to the coroner. There were no witnesses to the crash.

Midway-St. Clair fire Chief Richard Kepple said the car fell about 45 to 50 feet from the bridge into the small creek below, which runs along Fry Hollow Road.

His Toyota Yaris sustained significant front-end damage, Kepple said. The front end of the car was in water.

Paramedics who arrived at the scene confirmed that Williams had died. Firefighters then waited for authorities to complete their investigation before they removed his body, Kepple said.

Firefighters did not need any special ropes or equipment to climb down into the creek bed, although Kepple said it was a significant drop.

“You had to watch your step,” he said.

The coroner said Williams was pronounced dead at 9:14 a.m. of blunt-force trauma to the head, chest and extremities.

He was not wearing a seat belt, the coroner's office said.

State police in Greensburg are investigating the accident.

Paul Peirce is a staff writer for Trib Total

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