Erratic driving, speed contributed to fatal I-70 crash

  • By Scott Beveridge February 26, 2014
Scott Beveridge / Observer-Reporter Debris was scattered Saturday across all four lanes of Interstate 70 from a four-vehicle accident that claimed the life of a Canonsburg man.

A Charleroi man appeared to have been driving too fast and erratically Saturday when his car crossed into oncoming lanes of Interstate 70 in South Strabane Township and crashed head-on into a sport utility vehicle, killing the driver, state police said Wednesday.

Police said the condition of Bryan Anthony, 35, has been upgraded since he was hospitalized after being accused of causing the crash that claimed the life of Brian L. Anselmino, 45, a well-known youth sports coach from Canonsburg.

Anselmino, who was a standout basketball player at Ringgold High School and Duquesne University, died at the scene of the crash that also involved a tractor-trailer and a third car. Anselmino’s son, Anthony, 13, also was injured in the collision.

Bryan Anthony was traveling west about 1 p.m. approaching the south junction to Interstate 79 when he lost control of his car, went across the median and hit Anselmino’s vehicle. Anthony’s car then hit and disabled an eastbound tractor-trailer and caused it to cross into the westbound lanes, closing the highway for hours. The third car struck debris and veered into the median.

Police said the accident remains under investigation.

Scott Beveridge has been with the Observer-Reporter since 1986 after previously working at the Daily Herald in Monongahela. He is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s fine arts and art education programs and Duquesne University’s master of liberal arts program. He is a 2004 World Affairs journalism fellow.


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