Traffic Blotter: Honda Hydroplanes, Runs Into Jaguar on Logan Road

Northern Regional Police Department provided the following information.

Pickup, Subaru Collide on Route 8 in Front of North Park Clubhouse

A Dodge Dakota pickup collided with a Subaru Impreza that was pulling out of Ranalli Drive onto Route 8 in Richland Township on Saturday afternoon, police said.

The Subaru driver, 29-year-old David Golightly, of Allison Park, told police a vehicle stopped on southbound Route 8 to make a left onto Ranalli Drive and waved him out to make a left onto Route 8 southbound, according to the police report.

A northbound vehicle on Route 8 also stopped in the curb lane and waved him out, police said.

As he pulled out, the Dodge Dakota traveling in the passing lane of northbound Route 8 collided with the Subaru, the report states.

Police identified the Dodge driver as 33-year-old Eric Weidenhoff, of Gibsonia.

Richland EMS responded, but no one was transported to a hospital.

Click here for photos from the accident.


Lincoln Runs Into Back of Hummer on Route 910

A Lincoln MKZ moving into the left-turn lane on westbound Route 910 at the Route 8 intersection in Richland Township about 7:35 a.m. Sept. 19 struck the rear driver side of a Hummer, according to a Northern Regional Police Department report.

The Lincoln—driven by 47-year-old Monica D’Alessandris, of Arnold—was damaged on the passenger-side front fender and door and the side rear-view mirror was knocked off, police said.

Police identified the Hummer driver as Dawn Parkinson, 42, of Tarentum.


Chevrolet Runs Into Tamarack Farm Entrance Post on Babcock

An 18-year-old Valencia man lost control of his Chevrolet Impala about 5:30 p.m. Sept. 18 while negotiating a right curve on Babcock Boulevard in Pine and hit the brick entrance to Tamarack Farm and a utility pole, police said.

Matthew Hetzel told police he felt his foot slide from the brake pedal to the gas pedal and crossed into the northbound lane, police said.

He said he lost control, and overcompensated while returning the vehicle to the southbound lane and slid on the wet pavement into a brick wall at the entrance of 11070 Babcock Blvd, the report states.

Hetzel continued to slide south after the initial impact and stopped against a Duquesne Light utility pole, police said. Both front airbags deployed on the Chevrolet, the report states.

The driver refused medical attention.

The Tamarack Farm brick entrance wall appeared to be intact, but some landscaping plants were damaged, the report said.

The wall was rebuilt after another vehicle ran into it in August 2011.


Honda Hydroplanes, Runs Into Jaguar on Logan Road

A 17-year-old tried to negotiate a sharp right curve on Logan Road about 7 a.m. Sept. 18 when his Honda Accord hydroplaned across the road and struck an oncoming 1997 Jaguar, police said.

Police identified the Jaguar driver as 48-year-old Jeffrey Buss, of Gibsonia.

Northern Regional Police Officer Roy Chiaramonte was monitoring traffic at the intersection of Logan and Timothy about 150 feet from the crash and observed the Honda pass by at an estimated 15-20 mph, the report states.

The area is close to Pine-Richland Middle School.

The officer noted the wet road was quite slippery and there was some ponding/streaming of water in the northbound lane because of a very heavy rainfall at the time of the collision, the report states.

Patch does not report the names of minors in traffic accidents.


Deer Runs in Front of Car on Dickey Road in Richland

A 2004 Hyundai XG collided with a deer about 1:30 p.m. Sept. 17 on Dickey Road in Richland, police said.

Rada Kaparakos, 80, of Wexford told police she was traveling west on Dickey Road when the deer ran in front of her and struck her left front fender.


Mercury Runs Stop Sign, Hits Audi in Village at Pine

A Wexford woman was injured about 9 a.m. Sept. 17 in a collision in the Village at Pine shopping center near the Sonic Drive-In, according to a Northern Regional police report.

McCandless-Franklin Park Ambulance Authority transported 43-year-old Lori Richetti to Allegheny General Hospital.

Philip Bushee, 52, of Pittsburgh was charged with not stopping at a stop sign at the intersection of Town Center Drive and Village Place, the report states.

Bushee told police he travels Town Center Drive frequently, but was not aware that a new stop sign had been installed at this intersection, according to police.

Bushee said he did not see the stop sign and proceeded into the intersection and struck Richetti's Audi, police said.


GMC Fishtails, Hits Two Vehicles at Richland Mall

A GMC Envoy pulling into Richland Mall from Route 8 fishtailed on the wet road as it made a left onto Richland Mall Drive southbound about 3 p.m. Sept. 9, police said.

The driver—45-year-old Bruce Bobak, of Sewickley—could not correct the fishtail and struck the left rear corner of a 1996 Oldsmobile Silhouette and then the left side of a Nissan Altima, the police report states.

Police identified the Oldsmobile driver as 74-year-old Richard Luksik, of Pittsburgh.

Jason Gustetic, 43, of Springdale was driving the 2012 Nissan Altima, police said.

Richland EMS responded, but no one was transported to a hospital


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