Teenager killed after car hits tree
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A Westmoreland County teen was killed when a deer ran in front of a vehicle, causing the driver to lose control and crash into a tree early Thursday morning.
Justin T. Malik, 17, of Herminie, was riding a car traveling through New Stanton just after 1 a.m. when witnesses said the driver lost control of the vehicle on 321 Arona Road, the Westmoreland County coroner's office said in a news release.
Witnesses said the car went off the road and struck a large tree, then continued into a cyclone fence. Justin was wearing a seat belt but was pronounced dead at the scene.
An autopsy performed Thursday concluded he died of head, chest and abdomen injuries sustained in the accidental crash.
First Published October 26, 2012 12:00 am