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Police investigating fatal Vandergrift crash

posted Mar 20, 2016, 11:40 PM by Joseph Gray   [ updated Mar 31, 2016, 8:49 PM ]


Victim identified after crash incident in Vandergrift

Vandergrift, Pa. - Westmoreland County Coroner Kenneth A. Bacha has released the following information after a death investigation on March 20, 2016 in Vandergrift.   Richard C. Lunden, 31 y/o  of  White Cloud Road Leechburg, PA was pronounced deceased at 1:52 A.M by Deputy Coroner Timothy P O'Donnell.  The decedent did not die as a result of injuries related to the vehicle collision.   For an unknown reason, the decedent traveled onto the west sidewalk and collided with a fire hydrant near the intersection of Beech and Linden Streets in Vandergrift.  The decedent was found unresponsive and not breathing within the vehicle by police and emergency medical personnel.  An autopsy was performed by Dr. Cyril H. Wecht and Pathology Associates on March 20, 2016.  Cause and manner of death will be pending autopsy and toxicology results.

Police in Vandergrift were dispatched to Linden and Beech Streets for a minor crash into a fire hydrant just before midnight Sunday morning.

Law Enforcement Officer Joe Gray said a 31 year-old Allegheny Township man was found unresponsive when police arrived. The man was pulled from the Subaru and CPR was started on the individual however the man died at the scene.

Westmoreland County Detective Todd Roach investigated the scene and the Westmoreland County Coroner's Office arrived about an hour later to process the scene. Officer Gray said Vandergrift Police are not releasing the man's name while the investigation continues into the incident. The cause and manner of death is not known until a coroner's autopsy is completed.

Assisting Vandergrift Police was Vandergrift VFD and Lower Kiski EMS. Kochka and Son Towing of Vandergrift removed the vehicle from the sidewalk. AKVNEWS will continue to follow this story and bring you more details as they become available.

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