Wrong-way driver, 81, dies after causing crash on Rt. 28
February 27, 2016 10:11 PM
Crews investigate the scene of a wrong-way crash Saturday that shut down Route 28 in both directions.
A driver who caused a head-on collision by going the wrong way on Route 28 Saturday morning later died at a hospital.
The Allegheny County medical examiner’s office identified the motorist as Perry Kastanias, 81, of Millvale. He was pronounced dead at 12:41 p.m. at Allegheny General Hospital. An autopsy is expected to be conducted Sunday.
Pittsburgh police said a vehicle headed inbound on the outbound lanes crashed into another vehicle shortly before 10 a.m. Mr. Kastanias crossed the 40th Street Bridge and turned left into the outbound lane of Route 28 against the flow of traffic, Pittsburgh public safety spokeswoman Sonya Toler said.
Mr. Kastanias was taken to AGH, while the driver of the other car was transported to UPMC Presbyterian. That person, whose condition is unknown, has not been identified by authorities.
Traffic was shut down for hours on Route 28 between Chestnut Street and the 31st Street Bridge while police carried out their investigation. The southbound lanes were closed to traffic until about noon; the northbound lanes reopened shortly after 2 p.m.
Jonathan D. Silver: firstname.lastname@example.org, 412-263-1962 or on Twitter @jsilverpg. First Published February 27, 2016 10:01 AM