Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Leo Stefanacci’s wife, Kelly, thanks four teenage firefighters for discovering the car—and saving her husband’s life.
Seneca Valley teacher Henry “Leo” Stefanacci is expected to make a full recovery after the car he was driving plunged into the Connoquenessing Creek in Zelienople Sunday night. “I really do believe the prayers are working,” said Kelly Stefanacci, Leo Stefanacci’s wife. “He’s not out of the woods yet, but he’s much more alert today.” Kelly Stefanacci said her husband, a popular learning support teacher at Seneca Valley Middle School in Jackson Township, is suffering from hypothermia, but does not have any damage to his heart or brain. He remains in the critical care unit at UPMC Presbyterian in Pittsburgh, she said. A father of two daughters, Stefanacci, a Zelienople resident, was flown by medical helicopter to the hospital after …
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
The 48-year-old is in critical condition at UPMC Presbyterian in Pittsburgh.
A Seneca Valley teacher remains hospitalized Tuesday after the car he was driving plunged into the Connoquenessing Creek Sunday evening. As of 10:30 p.m. Monday, Henry “Leo” Stefanacci was in the ICU unit at UPMC Presbyterian in Pittsburgh, a hospital spokeswoman said. A married father of two daughters, Stefanacci, a Zelienople resident, was flown by medical helicopter to the hospital after firefighters pulled him from his vehicle, which was submerged upside down in the creek near the canoe launch in Zelienople. Seneca Valley spokeswoman Linda Andreassi said Stefanacci, who is known by Leo, is a special education teacher at the Seneca Valley Middle School in Jackson Township. "We were saddened to learn this morning of his car accident and …
Monday, March 4, 2013
With car nearly submerged, firefighters heard driver, a Seneca Valley teacher, calling for help. Click the video to watch as the car is towed from the creek.
Firefighters pulled a man from an overturned car immersed in the Connoquenessing Creek off Halstead Boulevard in Zelienople Sunday evening. Police Chief Jim Miller 48-year-old Henry Stefanacci is in critical condition at UPMC Presbyterian in Pittsburgh. The Zelienople resident was flown by medical helicopter to the hospital after firefighters rescued him from his vehicle, which was submerged upside down in the creek near the canoe launch. Seneca Valley spokeswoman Linda Andreassi said Stefanacci, who is known by Leo, is a special education teacher at the Seneca Valley Middle School in Jackson Township. "We were saddened to learn this morning of his car accident and extend our thoughts and prayers to him for a full recovery," Andreassi said…
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
The crash tied up highway traffic near the Wexford exit.
A Wexford man was seriously injured in seven-car pileup on Interstate 79 North just south of the Wexford exit during rush-hour traffic on Tuesday. State police said Larry Fairbanks, 63, of Grand Haven, MI, was picking up a map from the floor of his vehicle at about 5:50 p.m. and failed to see the cars stopped in front of him. He struck the rear of a car driven by Thomas Smithyman, 41, of Wexford, at about 55 mph. The collision set off a chain reaction as Smithyman’s car was pushed into the car in front of him and led to four other cars being bumped from behind. Smithyman was taken by ambulance to Allegheny General Hospital on Pittsburgh's North Side for treatment of serious injuries, police said. Rescue personnel treated three other people…
Friday, February 11, 2011
Carnegie Museum of Natural History grieves the loss
Friday, February 11, 2011
The first thing most of his friends and colleagues mention is that Brad Livezey loved birds. The renowned ornithologist died Feb. 8 in a two-car collision on Route 910 near his Wexford home. He was 56 years old. Livezey grew up mostly in Chicago and expressed an interest in birds at a young age. He completed two master's degrees—one in wildlife ecology, one in mathematics—and earned his doctorate at the University of Kansas in 1985. He came to Carnegie Museum of Natural History in 1993 as associate curator of birds, and was awarded full curatorship in 2001. During that time, he served as the museum’s first dean of science. “Brad’s intellectual capacity was profound. In his role as first dean of science, he set standards for scholarship …