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Loyalhanna Township woman dies in crash

| Sunday, May 13, 2012, 1:40 p.m.

A recent Saltsburg High School graduate died in a traffic accident early Wednesday morning on icy Route 286 in Loyalhanna Township.

Bobi Jo Ostrander, 18, of Loyalhanna Township, was killed when her vehicle collided with a pickup truck at about 6:50 a.m., state police at Kiski Valley reported.

Her westbound 1994 Jeep skidded and crossed into the path of a 1997 Ford F-150 pickup driven by Santo Panarello, 46, whose address was not released by state police.

Panarello's truck struck the passenger-door area of Ostrander's vehicle, police said.

Ostrander was pronounced dead at the scene by Westmoreland County Deputy Coroner Jerry Fritz. The cause of death was multiple blunt-force trauma to the head and chest.

Panarello was flown by medical helicopter to UPMC Presbyterian hospital, Oakland. He was listed in fair condition last night.

Saltsburg High School Principal Patty Garner said, "Our school community is grieving for the loss of one of our graduates, and certainly our hearts go out to her family."

Ostrander was the daughter of Robert S. and Lila A. Doughty Ostrander, of Loyalhanna Township. She was employed as a temporary secretary at Erie Insurance, Murrysville, and was a member of the St. Matthew Youth Group.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Curran Funeral Home, Saltsburg. Funeral services will be Saturday at St. Matthew Roman Catholic Church, Saltsburg.

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