Several local families were painfully reminded earlier this week of the dangers of speeding and how quickly things can go wrong.
A two-car collision on Kettle Road in Tyrone Township claimed the life of 18-year-old Jordan Dodson of Altoona.
Our condolences go out to his family.
Three others in the car with Dodson, including the driver, 20-year-old Susana Jean Montero Schezzini of Altoona, were hospitalized.
Montero Schezzini had been listed in fair condition at UPMC Altoona hospital, but two other passengers - 21-year-old Sarah Elizabeth Sweeney of Altoona and 18-year-old Emily Ann Kissell of Bellwood - were hurt more seriously.
Sweeney remains in critical condition, and Kissell, who was in serious condition, has been upgraded to fair condition.
State police reported Montero Schezzini was driving south on Kettle Road at a high rate of speed.
Her vehicle, a 1998 Nissan, crashed into a 2004 Chevrolet Impala driven by Kaylee Danielle Harper, 26, of Tyrone.
Amazingly and thankfully, no one in Harper's vehicle, which included her two sons - one 2 years old, one just 2 weeks old - was seriously injured. But the harrowing trauma they witnessed and experienced is significant and unforgettable.
The stretch of road in which the accident took place is known for speeding, and we hope authorities will take further measures to raise awareness.
Two of the people involved - Dodson and Kissell - just graduated from high school, Dodson from Altoona, Kissell from Bellwood.
We extend our thoughts to all of the victims and families involved and can only hope the accident provides another reminder, however painful, to obey speed limits and drive with caution.