Three teens killed in a Greene County crash last fall were inhaling compressed air cleaner before the driver collided with a Canadian motorcyclist, also killing him, Pennsylvania State Police said today.
Cullin Frazer and Benjamin Hardy, both 18 and from Waynesburg; Bryon Kerr, 18, of Carmichaels; and Michael Cohen, 47, of Oshawa, Canada, all died at the scene of the Oct. 3 collision in the southbound lanes of Interstate 79 just south of Marianna.
Four others were seriously injured.
According to a coroner's report, the teens while driving down I-79 had all huffed a colorless gas used in the propellant in computer cleaning spray.
Inhalants may have similar effects to alcohol intoxication and include initial symptoms of "drowsiness, lightheadedness and loss of inhibition," according to a press release from state police in Waynesburg.
Mr. Frazer, the driver of the 2003 Mitsubishi Outlander carrying six teenagers northbound on I-79 "abruptly and for undetermined reasons" drove up a hilly median, state police said last fall.
The car went airborne and landed in the southbound lane where it hit a camper and collided with the motorcycle.
Mr. Cohen's passenger was flown to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown. The three other teens in the SUV were taken via ambulance to the same hospital.
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