Smithton woman, 20, killed in quad accident
A 20-year-old Smithton woman was killed early Sunday in an off-road vehicle crash near Grindstone, Fayette County, according to Washington County Coroner Tim Warco.
Katelin Williams of Pine Lane was pronounced dead at 4:24 a.m. in the Monongahela Valley Hospital emergency room in Carroll.
Warco ruled the death accidental and said Williams died of blunt-force trauma to the torso.
Williams was a passenger in a two-seat utility vehicle that overturned about 2 a.m. Sunday in a wooded area off New Hill Road near Grindstone, according to Warco.
“She was doing what she absolutely loved,” Katelin's mother, Lisa Williams, said on Monday. “It was just a freak accident.”
Warco's report said Williams was thrown from the vehicle when the driver lost control climbing a steep hill.
State police from the Belle Vernon barracks said the incident remains under investigation, and they have not released the driver's identity.
“She just loved everybody,” Williams said. “She was kind-hearted, so full of love. She loved to laugh and had a beautiful smile. She was just beautiful from the inside out. We definitely were blessed for 20-plus years.”
Williams was a 2010 graduate of Yough High School, where she was a member of the school's track team. She earned a completer's certificate through Powerline Tec2000+ program at Central Westmoreland Career and Technology Center.
Powerline technology instructor Todd Bartlow remembered Williams as “fearless” and an “excellent student,” according to CWCTC Principal Troy Collier.
She worked as a meter reader for Allegheny Power after graduation, then took a job with Passavant Memorial Home in Herminie, according to her mother.
In addition to her parents, Mark D. and Lisa Carson Williams, she is survived by a sister, Rachel Williams, and a brother, Ryan Williams.
Richard F. Dodson Memorial Home in West Newton said visitation hours will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday. The funeral service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday in Bible Alliance Church in West Newton.
Greg Reinbold is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-459-6100, ext. 2913, or firstname.lastname@example.org.