Kittanning man, unborn child die after head-on crash on Route 422
By Tim Karan
Published: Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
A 31-year-old Kittanning man and the unborn child of a seriously injured woman died in a head-on collision along Route 422 in Indiana County on Tuesday night.
Coroner Michael Baker said Brendon S. Miller of 725 Woodward Ave., Kittanning, was driving a 2005 Chevy Cavalier west on Route 422 in Armstrong Township around 10:47 p.m. when the car veered into the oncoming lane and directly into the path of a 2005 Chevy Cobalt driven by a pregnant 25-year-old Indiana woman who has not been identified by authorities.
According to police, neither Miller nor the female driver were wearing seat belts and both were ejected from their vehicles.
Miller was pronounced dead at the scene near Trim Tree Road and the woman was taken by helicopter to UPMC Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh where she lost her unborn child, according to the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's office. Her three-year-old daughter, who also was in the car but secured in a child safety seat, sustained minor injuries.
Baker said it was not clear what caused Miller's vehicle to cross the center line, and he has not ruled out the possibility that a sudden medical problem may have been a factor. An autopsy to determine the cause of death was planned for Wednesday. Toxicology tests are pending.
A Facebook profile for Miller said he graduated from Lenape Tech in 2001 and was a cement operator at Superior Well Services in Indiana.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete.
Tim Karan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-543-1303 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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