Police say road rage, speed and alcohol may be involved in crash that injuried teen
Published: Saturday, October 20, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, October 23, 2012 22:10
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa.—New Wilmington police say speed, road rage and alcohol are possible factors behind a car crash that sent a Mercer teen to the hospital early Saturday morning. The accident happened at 1:25 on East Neshannock Avenue.
Police say firefighters and emergency crews had to extricate an unconscious 19-year old Megan Roddy from her car where she was trapped after an SUV broadsided it.
Officers report 21-year-old Sean Catterson from Frederick, MD, drove the SUV that slammed into the driver’s side of the car as Roddy was turning into a private driveway. Once she was pulled the wreckage, Roddy was flown to a Youngstown hospital where she was in serious condition. Police say she suffered head injuries.
Police say Catterson and a 20-year old passenger in the SUV, Brandon A. Ferrari, were not injured.
Both vehicles passed a NWPD officer on patrol a short distance from the accident site just seconds before it happened. The officer had started to follow the SUV because of suspected excessive speed when he discovered the crash.
NWPD says Catterson failed a field sobriety test. He was taken to a local hospital for blood alcohol testing.
Officers are waiting for test results.