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Police seek witnesses to fatal Saturday accident in Hempfield

| Saturday, April 28, 2012, 1:24 a.m.

State police are seeking witnesses to the two-vehicle accident Saturday night in Hempfield Township that killed a Sewickley Township man.

Donald E. Johnston, 38, of Herminie, was killed when his eastbound motorcycle collided at 9:37 p.m. with a car driven by Elizabeth Burzio Floro, 50, of Irwin, at the Wendel Road intersection. Police said Florio turned in front of the motorcycle. Johnston's 1981 Harley-Davidson motorcycle hit Floro's 2006 Volvo in the left lane of Route 30 eastbound, police said.

"I need witnesses that actually saw the accident, maybe someone saw the motorcycle driving up Route 30," said Trooper James A. McCutcheon. "I know people stopped. Nobody was at the scene to tell us what happened. I know there are some people who saw it, but for some reason they didn't stop."

McCutcheon said he visited some businesses in the area to take a look at videotape, but he could not get a positive identification on any of the vehicles that were in the area.

According to the county coroner's office, Johnston was not wearing a helmet and was ejected.

He was taken to Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital at Jeannette, where he was pronounced dead. The cause of death was listed as multiple blunt-force trauma.

Anyone who may be of assistance in the case is asked to call McCutcheon at 724-832-3288.

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