Speed contributed to fatal Murrysville crash, coroner says

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Speed is believed to have played a role in a two-car crash Wednesday night in Murrysville that killed a 66-year-old driver, the Westmoreland County Coroner's Office said.

Francis G. Cossick, of Camp Hill, Cumberland County, was driving a Volvo sedan east on Route 22 when, for reasons that aren't yet clear, an eastbound Audi sedan traveling at high speed collided with the back of Mr. Cossick's car about 10:40 p.m., the coroner's office said.

Mr. Cossick, who was wearing his seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene at 11:42 p.m. of "multiple blunt-force injuries to the chest and abdomen," though toxicology test results will not be available for several weeks. Airbags did deploy in the crash, though the force of the collision pushed Mr. Cossick into the rear seat of his car, Deputy Coroner Josh Zappone said.

Murrysville police could not provide an update on the collision this evening, including the identity of the other driver or whether any charges had been filed.

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First Published October 9, 2013 7:39 PM


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