Woman killed, two seriously injured in separate area crashes

April 27, 2014

A Greene County woman was killed in a one-vehicle crash in Greene County and two men were seriously injured in separate crashes in Washington County late Saturday and early Sunday.

Kristina Lynn Wilson, 29, of Greensboro, was pronounced dead after crashing her Cadillac sedan on Bobtown Road about a mile south of Mapletown Road in Greene Township, about 1 a.m. Sunday, state police said. She was pronounced dead about an hour later said Greene County Deputy Coroner Mary Lewis.

State police said she was driving south on Bobtown at an apparent high speed when her car went off the road and hit a tree.

Lance W. Johnston, 49, of 533 Sundust Road, Eighty Four, and Ian Luddy, 18, of Venetia, were injured in two crashes in Washington County.

Johnston was injured just after 11 p.m. when he crashed his motorcycle on East Beau Street (Route 136) just east of Davis School Road in South Strabane Township. Luddy was injured when he crashed his car into a tree on Thomas Road at Taylor Drive in North Strabane Township.

South Strabane police Officer Eric Holt said Johnston was driving east when his motorcycle crossed the center line as he went around a curve and struck the driver’s side of a westbound car driven by William H. Simpson, 20, of 16 Nichols St., Washington. The impact caused the car’s tire to come off.

Johnston was flown to Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, where a hospital spokeswoman said he was in critical condition Sunday afternoon. Holt said speed was a factor in the crash although the investigation is continuing.

East Beau between Davis School and Appaloosa Lane was closed for about four hours. North Strabane police accident reconstruction team assisted at the scene along with East Washington police and South Strabane firefighters.

North Strabane police were assisting at the scene of the South Strabane crash early Sunday when they got the report of the wreck involving Luddy.

North Strabane police Sgt. David Richards said a Peters Township police officer saw the vehicle driven by Luddy earlier go through a stop sign in the area of Route 19. The officer went to catch up with Luddy’s 2012 Nissan Sentra but lost him. A short time later, another Peters police officer discovered the wrecked car.

Richards said Peters police will likely charge Luddy with driving under the influence of alcohol while North Strabane police will file charges relating to the crash.

Luddy also was taken to Allegheny General for treatment. A hospital spokeswoman said he was in fair condition Sunday afternoon.

Kathie O. Warco has covered the police beat and transportation for the Observer-Reporter for more than 25 years. She graduated from Duquesne University with a degree in journalism.

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