Three people remain hospitalized after fatal crash in Sinking Valley

Three people remain hospitalized, one in critical condition, following a two-vehicle crash Monday evening that killed an 18-year-old man.

Jordan Dean Dodson, 18, was dead at the crash site on Kettle Road in Tyrone Township. Dodson was a passenger in a 1998 Nissan Altima driven by Susana Jean Montero Schezzini, 18, of Altoona.

Schezzini was in fair condition at UPMC Altoona hospital Tuesday.

Another passenger in the Nissan, Sarah Elizabeth Sweeney, 21, of Altoona was in critical condition on Monday afternoon, while a second passenger, Emily Ann Kissell, 18, of Bellwood was in serious condition in the hospital.

State police said Schezzini was driving southbound on Kettle Road about 7:25 p.m. Monday at a high rate of speed and lost control of her car, which began to slide sideways into the oncoming lane of traffic.

Kaylee Danielle Harper, 26, of Tyrone was driving northbound on Kettle Road at the time.

The right rear corner of Schezzini’s car collided with the left front corner of Harper’s 2004 Chevrolet Impala. Harper’s Impala rolled clockwise onto its roof and came to rest perpendicular on the road facing east in the northbound lane of travel, state police said.

The crash broke Harper’s toe, according to her father-in-law, Sheldon Harper of Tyrone, who spoke to the Mirror at the scene of the crash Monday.

Two of her sons in Harper’s car – one 2 years old, the other 2 weeks old – were not injured.

After the collision, Schezzini’s Nissan continued in a southeasterly direction into a field, rolling over several times before coming to a rest in the field, also on its roof facing northeast.