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Cal U student dies after crash on Mon-Fayette Expressway

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By Rossilynne Skena Culgan
Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, 12:36 p.m.

California University of Pennsylvania students banded together on Sunday to host a candlelight vigil for their student government vice president, who died Saturday night following a car crash.

Garrick A. Lackey, 21, of Littlestown, Adams County, was fatally injured when a sport utility vehicle driven by a fellow student crashed along the Mon-Fayette Expressway in Union Township, Washington County, according to state police.

Police said Lackey was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the vehicle.

The driver, Lindsey R. Leonard, 24, of Pittsburgh, lost control of the SUV, which traveled up and over a dirt median, police said. She was wearing a seat belt, police said.

Leonard sustained arm and wrist injuries, according to a police report. Information about Leonard's condition was not available Monday.

The Allegheny County medical examiner listed Lackey's cause of death as blunt-force trauma. The manner of death was accidental, the coroner's office said.

Lackey was pronounced dead at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Jefferson Hills about an hour after the crash.

“California University is deeply saddened by the loss of Garrick Lackey, an active member of our campus community,” a university statement read. “(He was) a remarkable young man who made a positive and lasting impact at Cal U. Our hearts go out to his family and to his many friends.”

Lackey was a dean's list student, vice president of the Student Government Association, a member of the Student Activities Board and the Ultimate Frisbee Club.

Fundraising site lists a page titled “RIP Garrick Lackey” and states, “Garrick (Lackey) was a friend to so many, and was taken way (too) early from this world. Please help us raise some money for his family to assist them in this tough time.”

As of Monday afternoon, $1,700 had been donated.

Police continue to investigate the crash.

Rossilynne Skena Culgan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-6646 or

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