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Drug use, medical problems cited as cause of West Kittanning crash

| Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, 12:31 a.m.

State police are awaiting lab results to confirm that drugs or alcohol caused a driver to run his car into another waiting at a red light, which started a chain reaction of crashes involving two other cars on Saturday night in West Kittanning.

Kenneth Mason Hooks, 25, of Adrian was driving on Butler Road when he crashed his car into another at a traffic signal at Route 268 about 11:45 p.m., state police said. The car he hit, driven by Dirk Anthony Weifenbaugh, 52, of Pittsburgh, rear-ended a car in front of him driven by David George Tiskus, 54, of Allison Park. Tiskus's car completed the chain reaction by hitting a pickup truck driven by Donna Louise Hall, 51, of Kittanning.

Trooper Timothy Amy of the state police in Kittanning said it is suspected that use of a controlled substance and a medical condition caused Hooks to lose control of his car.

“It was the combination of the two,” Amy said. “He was in no shape to be driving.”

Weifenbaugh was the only driver to suffer injuries in the crash. He was treated at ACMH Hospital for whiplash, Amy said.

Charges against Hooks — who police said was driving with a suspended license — are pending.

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