State police said a 40-year-old man was behind the wheel of a Jeep driving the wrong way on Interstate 70 in Westmoreland County early Monday when it collided with a van full of people. He allegedly left the scene moments before his 22-year-old girlfriend got out of the Jeep and was struck and killed by an oncoming tractor-trailer.
Michael P. Brazzon, of Perryopolis, Fayette County, surrendered to police Monday evening, state police said. Investigators believe he was driving the Jeep the wrong way on I-70 near the Smithton on-ramp in South Huntingdon about 2:10 a.m. when it collided with an eastbound Honda Odyssey driven by Hyung Ryul Mun, 47, of Lincolnwood, Ill. Police said the van’s five occupants were injured but are expected to recover.
Shortly after the crash, Siva Marie Stewart, of Connellsville, a passenger in the Jeep, got out of the vehicle and was hit by a tractor-trailer that sped on, police said.
Charges against Mr. Brazzon are pending a crash investigation and a meeting between investigating officers and District Attorney John Peck of Westmoreland County, police said. Mr. Brazzon was sentenced just last week to six months’ probation, with 30 days of house arrest, stemming from a DUI conviction. Police could not say whether he is suspected of DUI in Monday’s crash.
Police ask anyone who saw the tractor-trailer or the crash to call Fayette County Crime Stoppers at 1-888-404-TIPS. The truck should have damage on the driver’s side of the cab, police said.
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