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Washington teen dies in auto crash

Rob Amen
| Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2007

A Washington County teen died early Monday after the car in which she was riding Sunday night flipped, ejecting her and two other passengers, police said.

Amanda Rozanc, 18, of the Muse section of Cecil, died at 4:39 a.m. at Mercy Hospital, in Uptown, of blunt force trauma to the head and chest, according to the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's office.

Rozanc was riding in the back seat of a Pontiac Grand Am driven by Jesse Yunker, 20, of Bridgeville, at 11:22 p.m. Sunday, when Yunker lost control in the 500 block of Muse-Bishop Road, said Cecil police Chief John Pushak.

The car rolled two or three times, Pushak said, ejecting Rozanc and two other back-seat passengers -- a 17-year-old girl from Canonsburg and a 16-year-old boy from Washington, Washington County.

None of the three was wearing a seat belt, Pushak said.

The girl, whom Pushak would not name, was seriously injured and taken to Allegheny General Hospital in the North Side. Police said later that they did not have an update on her condition.

The boy, Yunker and front-seat passenger Steven Gallo, 18, of Bridgeville, were treated at the scene for minor injuries, Pushak said. Yunker and Gallo were wearing seat belts, the chief said.

Yunker was traveling north on Muse-Bishop Road when he lost control, swerved into the southbound lane and struck a guide rail, Pushak said. The car flipped, landed on its wheels, then rolled into the porch of a nearby house. It was raining at the time of the crash.

Police are unsure how fast Yunker was driving and are awaiting the results of toxicology tests.

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