Scottdale woman dies when SUV hits pipes
A Scottdale woman died on Friday after she lost control of her sport utility vehicle and struck concrete-filled pipes on a sidewalk along North Church Street in Mt. Pleasant Borough, authorities said.
Cinnamon M. Everhart, 43, was pronounced dead at Excela Health Frick Hospital at 3:35 a.m., according to the Westmoreland County Coroner's office.
Speed appears to have been a factor in the crash, according to the coroner's office and borough police.
Everhart was driving south on North Church Street about 3 a.m. when she lost control of her 1998 Ford Explorer, authorities said.
The SUV crossed the center line, left the east berm of the road and hit the pipes that serve as a guide rail.
“The vehicle snapped those pipes off at the ground,” borough police Officer Justin James said.
Police found no evidence that Everhart, the lone occupant in the SUV, made an attempt to change direction or bring her vehicle to a stop before the crash.
“There were no tire marks or anything,” James said.
The guide rail was erected to prevent further damage by vehicles to V. Rosso Florist & Greenhouses at 680 W. Main St.
Ann Miele, the business' owner, said she was “flabbergasted” by the crash.
“Nothing like that has happened for the 30 years the barriers have been here,” she said.
Speeding is particularly dangerous on Church Street because of the configuration of the road, Mayor Jerry Lucia said.
“We had a police cruiser hit head-on there by another vehicle about five years ago,” said Lucia, who is the borough fire chief. “Someone traveling southbound came around the bend and struck the cruiser, which was traveling in the road's northbound lane.
“No one can make that turn there if they are speeding,” he added. “Police have been patrolling our streets more and more to keep traffic slowed down.”
Crash debris, including one of the guide rail pipes, broke a window of the nearby Standard Bank, James said.
“The pipe landed 152 feet away from the crash site,” he said.
Authorities planned an autopsy.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Ferguson Funeral Home in Scottdale.
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