Two-car accident kills one; victim identified

UPDATE 2:20 p.m. Tuesday.

An 18-year-old man died in a two-vehicle crash Monday evening in Tyrone Township, state police announced today.

The dead man, Jordan Dean Dodson, was a passenger in a 1998 Nissan Altima driven by Susana Jean Montero Schezzini, 18, of Altoona.

Schezzini suffered severe injuries in the accident, as did two other passengers in her car — Emily Ann Kissell, 18, of Bellwood and Sarah Elizabeth Sweeney, 21 of Altoona.

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 Schezzinis 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.

Harper had two of her sons one 2 years old, the other 2 weeks old in her vehicle. The boys were not injured.

After the collision, Schezzini’s Altima 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, state police said.

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One person died Monday evening in a two-vehicle crash on Kettle Road in Sinking Valley, beneath the big, steel-tower-supported power lines that cross the road along a straight stretch.

Authorities didn’t know the name of the victim – whom a firefighter said was a teenage or young-adult male – as late as three hours after the 7:40 p.m. crash.

A total of six others – three from each car, representing all remaining occupants of both vehicles – went to the hospital, according to state trooper David Weimer of the Hollidaysburg barracks.

There was no word on the conditions of the three from the car in which the other occupant died.

The three from the other car – driver Kaylee Harper, her 2-year-old son and her 2-week-old son – were apparently not hurt badly, according to Harper’s father-in-law, Sheldon Harper of Tyrone, who came to the scene after the crash.

The other car’s occupants included three females – teens or young adults – according to the firefighter, from Sinking Valley, who didn’t want to give his name.

The driver, one of those females, was ejected, and the other two were trapped, he said.

Of the two who were trapped, one was semi-conscious and one in obvious pain, he said.

The occupant who died was also trapped, he said.

According to Sheldon Harper, his daughter-in-law was northbound in the maroon car she was driving – heading away from Altoona – when the other car, which was white, came over a rise and into her lane.

Skid marks, which ran from the right embankment for a southbound car to the berm of the northbound lane, seemed to bear out Harper’s description.

The maroon car was upside down, perpendicular to the road, half on the pavement and half on the berm, with its flashers working.

The white car was south of the maroon one, upside down, facing north, 40 yards from the northbound side of the road in a soybean field.

Authorities covered the back end of the white car with a tarp, before and during removal of the body, which took place well after dark, with floodlights from emergency vehicles illuminating the scene.

Markings on the ground showed that the white car rolled five times, deputy coroner Jeff Guyer said.

Sizeable parts of the white car lay scattered in the field.

Emergency workers for a time were looking for the license plate of the white car without finding it, according to fire policeman Raymond Paul Jr. of Sinking Valley.

Authorities found no identification on the body, according to Guyer.

Mirror Staff Writer William Kibler is at 949-7038.