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Penn man dies when van rolls over in Jefferson

| Thursday, Dec. 16, 2004

JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP -- A Penn Township man died early Wednesday after a car crash on Alwine Road.

Allen B. Young, 34, of Hummingbird Lane was a passenger in a van driven by his wife, Melissa Lee Young, when she apparently lost control while driving toward Saxonburg about 2:30 a.m., state police said.

The van, a 1997 Chevrolet Venture, crashed into two embankments before rolling over and landing back on its wheels, police said.

Allen Young was either thrown from the van or crawled out, police said. Neither he nor the driver was wearing a seat belt, police said.

His wife was able to drive to a nearby Riemer Road house and call for help, police said.

Emergency crews found Allen Young lying in the snow and he was flown to UPMC Presbyterian hospital in Pittsburgh, police said. He was pronounced dead at 5:30 a.m.

According to a deputy from the Allegheny County coroner's office, blunt force trauma to Young's body caused his death. The manner of death is pending further investigation, the deputy said.

Melissa Young was not reported injured, nor were the couple's three children who also were in the van. All three, 6-year-old Dylan Bryan Keith Young, 3-year-old Dalton Alan Young and 6-month-old Desiree Paige Young, were restrained in child safety seats, police said.

State police said they still are investigating the accident and have not determined whether any charges will be filed against Melissa Young.

It was not known where the couple was traveling to or whether poor road conditions played a role in the crash, police said.

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