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Man hit by car while shouting at driver

| Monday, May 14, 2012, 9:28 a.m.

A Mt. Pleasant Township man who stopped his car in traffic near Armbrust on Tuesday to confront another motorist was seriously injured when he was struck by a third vehicle.

Mark Norcera, 25, of Acme, was airlifted from the scene of the accident on Route 819 to Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh. He was reported in stable condition Wednesday.

State police in Greensburg said the accident occurred at 9:19 p.m. when Norcera's 1986 Subaru was following a 1995 Chevrolet Blazer driven by Linda Gowton of Mt. Pleasant.

Police said Norcera passed Gowton's vehicle northbound on the two-lane roadway after he became angry because Gowton slowed down suddenly to avoid an animal that crossed in front of her car. After Norcera passed Gowton, he stopped his car in front of hers, blocking the highway, then left his vehicle to yell at her.

While Norcera was 'screaming' at Gowton, a 1999 Pontiac sedan driven by John Alexander Jr. of New Stanton hit the open door of Norcera's vehicle, then struck Norcera and Gowton's Blazer.

Police said the accident is still under investigation. Neither Alexander nor Gowton was seriously injured.

Gowton could not be reached for comment.

Police were assisted at the scene by firefighters from Hecla, Kecksburg and Mt. Pleasant, and Mt. Pleasant Medic 10, Norvelt and Mutual Aid Ambulance services.

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