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Route 119 crash kills New Alexandria teen

| Saturday, April 28, 2012, 2:58 a.m.

A Westmoreland County teen died Wednesday as a result of injuries sustained in a head-on collision in Salem, state police said.

Rachel Renae Parker, 18, of New Alexandria was pronounced dead at 5:22 p.m. at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital in Greensburg, said county Deputy Coroner John Ackerman.

The collision occurred at 4:45 p.m. as Parker's 2006 blue Subaru Legacy was southbound on Route 119 about two miles north of Crabtree near Skyview Drive, said Kiski Valley state police Trooper James Daggett.

Parker's car crossed over the double yellow lines and into the path of a northbound white 1994 Buick Century driven by Cody Ray Crawford, 20, of Blairsville, Daggett said. Crawford was listed in fair condition at UPMC Presbyterian in Pittsburgh.

Upon impact, Parker, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the front passenger side window of her vehicle and came to rest in the northbound lane next to her vehicle, said Forbes Road fire Chief Robert Rosatti.

The cause of death was listed as blunt-force trauma and the manner of death was ruled accidental, Ackerman said.

Crawford was trapped in his vehicle. Crews freed him in about 10 minutes through the car's rear driver's side door, Rosatti said.

Rosatti, who responded to the accident scene, said he immediately recognized Parker, who was a varsity cheerleader along with his daughter, Rachel Rosatti, 19, at Greensburg Salem High School. She graduated June 5.

"It's just really, really sad," said Robert Rosatti, who took photographs for the varsity squad for the past several years. "It was like seeing one of your own kids. She's just a beautiful person inside and out."

The road was closed for about two hours.

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