Friend, family remember Lincoln Place man killed in West Mifflin crash
Robert Weisen grew increasingly anxious late Sunday when he hadn’t heard from his best friend and cousin, Jordan Celovsky.
Weisen, 27, knew that Celovsky was with another cousin who had been in a car crash in West Mifflin. He didn’t know how bad it was until later.
“It was terrible,” Weisen told the Tribune-Review on Monday afternoon. “My heart dropped into the pit of my stomach, and it’s still there.”
Celovsky — a 29-year-old construction worker and father of two from Pittsburgh’s Lincoln Place neighborhood — was pronounced dead at 8:50 p.m. on Easter Sunday, about 15 minutes after the two-vehicle accident between Boswell Crossing and the Duquesne Bridge, the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office said Monday.
Family members described Celovsky, a Pittsburgh native and former West Mifflin High School student, as an outgoing, caring person who relished going on outdoor adventures, entertaining friends and neighbors and spending time with his girlfriend and two sons, ages 5 and 17 months.
“He was very funny, very charismatic and very giving,” said Weisen, who lived on the same street as Celovsky and worked alongside him doing road construction projects across the region. “He was an all-around great person.”
Celovsky was ejected from a Cadillac sedan traveling southbound that collided with a Kia sedan traveling in the opposite direction, according to Allegheny County police.
Three others — a relative of Celovsky who was traveling in the Cadillac; and a mother and two children in the Kia — were treated at UPMC Mercy hospital in Pittsburgh for undisclosed injuries and released, police said.
Investigators believe the Cadillac crossed the center lane and struck the Kia, police said. They did not identify who was driving the Cadillac. No charges have been filed.
Celovsky’s girlfriend of five years, Sheila Sebastian, 30, of West Mifflin, said she’s struggling with how to help her two young children process the loss of their father.
“He just loved his kids so much,” she said.
Weisen said that Celovsky constantly shared with friends the latest photos and achievements of the two boys, 5-year-old Mason and 17-month-old Colton.
“They look just like him, and the older one talks just like him,” said Sebastian, her voice straining. “They want to be just like him.”
Two months ago, the family of four celebrated Colton’s baptism at Holy Angels Parish Catholic Church in Pittsburgh’s Hays neighborhood.
Celovsky recently bought Mason his first dirt bike and was teaching him how to ride, said the victim’s brother, Gary Celovsky, 34.
“He was a really good dad,” Gary Celovsky said.
Jordan Celovsky was an avid off-road rider and owned several motorcycles, dirt bikes, ATVs and other recreational vehicles. He grew up surrounded by them, since his father, Gary Celovsky Sr., previously owned the Heritage Harley-Davidson motorcycle dealer in West Mifflin.
“He loved motorcyles, quads, dirt bikes, anything that had to do with the outdoors,” Sebastian said.
As a construction worker, Jordan Celovsky had a knack for making difficult jobs look easy and a reputation for being a quick-learner, according to Weisen. He wouldn’t hesitate to lend a hand if a neighbor needed help with a project, from mounting a TV screen to patching a wall, added Weisen.
“He was one of those people who was good at everything he tried, and very mechanically inclined,” Weisen said. “He could just pick up a new tool and know how to work it.”
In his downtime, Jordan Celovsky enjoyed rooting on the Steelers and Pirates, inviting over friends for pay-per-view boxing matches and rocking out to country music.
He seemed happiest when he had time to relax with family, from going on a day trip to a local park to vacationing in Daytona Beach, Fla., Sebastian said.
Weisen said Celovsky would want his sons to know “that he loved them more than anything, and that this whole family loves them, and it’s going to be OK.”
In addition to his mother, Jackie Celovsky, Jordan Celovsky also is survived by a second brother, Bryan Celovsky, 30, and several cousins, nieces and nephews, Sebastian said.
Viewings are scheduled from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Green Funeral Home, 1222 Muldowney Ave. in Lincoln Place. A funeral will be held 10 a.m. Monday at Holy Angels Parish in Hays.
Natasha Lindstrom is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 412-380-8514 or [email protected]. Staff writer Megan Guza contributed.