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Avonmore man dies in head-on crash in Washington Township

An Avonmore man was killed in a head-on collision on Route 286 in Washington Township on Tuesday afternoon, the Westmoreland County Coroner's Office said.

Charles Gestrich Jr., 45, was pronounced dead at the scene. The coroner's office said the man wasn't wearing a seat belt and was partially ejected from the Hyundai Accent he was driving.

The crash happened about 5 p.m. near Branthoover Lane not far from the Route 286/66 intersection.

Witnesses told Washington Township police that Gestrich's car was traveling eastbound on Route 286 (Saltsburg Road) toward Plum and had swerved several times into oncoming traffic.

He crashed head-on into an oncoming Toyota RAV4 at the crest of a hill, the coroner's office said.

Speed is believed to have been a factor in the crash, according to the coroner.

The other driver, whom police did not identify, was taken by ambulance to Forbes Hospital in Monroeville, police said. His condition was unknown late Tuesday, police said.

Jodi Weigand is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-226-4702 or [email protected].


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