Police: Speed a factor in Lower Burrell crash that injured 9
A Lower Burrell man will head to court on charges he endangered the lives of eight minors injured in an October rollover crash.
Jacob Anthony Black, 18, of Lower Burrell is charged with two felony counts of aggravated assault by vehicle, eight misdemeanor counts of recklessly endangering another person, and related charges.
Black waived his right to a preliminary hearing on those charges before District Judge Cheryl Peck-Yakopec Tuesday in Allegheny Township.
Police say Black, just before 2 p.m. Oct. 21, was driving a Ford Explorer with eight minor passengers on Dutchman Run Road.
According to court documents, Black was traveling between 50 and 58 mph when his vehicle left the right side of the winding, two-lane road. The speed limit on that portion of Dutchman Run Road is 35 mph, according to police.
Police say Black tried to correct his course but ended up crossing the road completely and hitting an embankment on the other side.
The vehicle rolled, police say, ejecting most of the occupants.
“Possibly eight of the occupants were ejected from the crash,” police say in court documents.
Black told police he was wearing his seat belt.
Police say all nine, including Black, were transported to a hospital for treatment. Officers say in court documents they believed one or more of the victims had suffered injuries such that they might not survive.
Police say that, during an interview on Oct. 22, Black told them “speed was a factor” in the crash.
Black is free on bond ahead of a formal arraignment scheduled for August 29 before Judge Megan Bilik-DeFazio in Greensburg.