Head-on crash in Shaler leaves one man dead

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A Pittsburgh man involved in a head-on accident in Shaler on Saturday morning suffered blunt force trauma but died from a cardiac arrest, which likely caused the accident, according to the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office.

An autopsy of the man, 90-year-old Nicholas Dutkowsky, revealed coronary artery disease and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, or hardening of the arteries, according to the medical examiner. There were no skid marks at the scene of the accident, leading investigators to believe that Mr. Dutkowsky suffered the heart attack while driving, precipitating the accident, according to the medical examiner's office.

Shaler police are investigating the accident, which happened in the 800 block of Vilsack Road at 9:01 a.m. Saturday. Mr. Dutkowsky was pronounced dead at 9:40 a.m. at UPMC Passavant. Three children and at least one adult in the other vehicle were taken to medical facilities to be examined. Police could not be reached for comment but indications are that any injuries to those involved in the crash were not life-threatening.

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First Published March 24, 2013 7:30 AM


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