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Man and 4 teens hospitalized after Friday wreck

| Sunday, Nov. 16, 2003

BUFFALO TOWNSHIP: The township man and four teens he was driving with shortly before midnight Friday remained in Pittsburgh-area hospitals Saturday with serious injuries after a one-vehicle accident in which their car rolled over numerous times and all but one of the passengers were ejected.

Police said Brian Szykowiak, 20, was being treated at Allegheny General Hospital on Saturday for injuries he sustained in the accident on Hepler Road.

Szykowiak, the driver, could face charges because he was speeding, police said.

Szykowiak's four passengers were juveniles ranging in age from 13 to 16, police said. They would not release the names of the juveniles but said that three of the four were girls.

Police said that aside from one juvenile from Freeport, the rest were from the township.

Each person in the car was seriously hurt, with injuries ranging from concussions to cuts and bruises, police said.

Police said two of the passengers also were being treated at Allegheny General Hospital while the other two were at Children's Hospital.

The only glass in the vehicle that remained intact after the crash, which covered an area of more than 400 feet, was the front windshield, police said. It was likely that the victims were ejected from the side windows and rear window, police said.

The area in which the accident occurred is a residential area. The speed limit on the road is 35 mph.

Police said the accident is under investigation.

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