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New Ken driver involved in 2 fatal accidents

Chuck Biedka
| Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2004

PLUM -- A surviving driver involved in the Nov. 1 fatal accident along Route 909 and Logans Ferry Road also was in a 1991 fatal car wreck that killed a young woman, and another accident that hurt a 16-year-old, records show.

Police Chief Robert Payne said Jason Glenberg, 31, of New Kensington and earlier identified by police as Jason Glenburg, was the driver of a pickup that collided just before 10 a.m. with a two-door Mitsubishi sedan driven by 22-year-old Nichole Marie Bowen of Poe Drive, Penn Hills.

Allegheny County Detective Chris Kearns said an investigation is under way. No one has been charged.

Among other items, the detectives are examining the wreckage to determine the speed each vehicle was traveling when the almost head-on collision occurred.

Court records and published accounts show that Glenberg, then 19, pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide in the death of his passenger, Rachel Lyn Stubrick, 16, of Edgewood Estates.

Stubrick, who was entering her senior year at Apollo-Ridge High School, died Sept. 1, 1991 on Route 356 near School Road in Allegheny Township.

In published reports, a state police accident reconstruction specialist testified that the 1967 Firebird that Glenberg was driving was traveling more than 60 mph on a section of road posted at 40 mph when it hit a truck driven by Francis Lamari Jr., then 31, of Pittsburgh.

In a plea bargain, drunken-driving and vehicular homicide charges were dismissed against Glenberg, and he was sentenced in 1992 to three to 23 months on work release at the Westmoreland County Jail.

He served the minimum sentence, said New Kensington attorney Daniel Joseph, who represented Glenberg.

Last week, Joseph said Glenberg had not contacted him.

In May 1993, Glenberg filed a lawsuit against Vandergrift Beer Distributing along Washington Avenue, alleging that a clerk there sold him beer twice without checking for identification showing his age, a report shows.

Lamari also filed lawsuits against Glenberg, the distributorship and the people who owned the car that Glenberg allegedly was driving.

According to a published report, on Feb. 27, 1992, a Westmoreland County arbitrator filed a $19,999 judgment against Glenberg for a March 23, 1990, traffic accident in which a young woman was injured.

The judgement resulted from a lawsuit filed by Larry and Theresa Caporali for their daughter, Nicole, then 16, who was injured when Glenberg was driving along Route 56 in Allegheny Township.

The report said Glenberg's car struck a car in which Nicole Caporali was a passenger.

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