Driver might face charges in crash that killed baby girl
State police at Uniontown are awaiting autopsy results on a near-term infant to determine whether a motorist will be charged with causing her death after colliding with the car her mother was driving.
Fayette County residents Michael B. Diehl, 25, of Point Marion, and Carol J. Rafail, 33, of Smithfield, who was 8 1/2 months pregnant, were traveling in opposite directions on Route 119 near Gans Road in Springhill Township when the accident occurred at 7:34 a.m. Wednesday, according to Trooper Matthew J. Alekson.
“He was passing a vehicle in a no-passing zone and struck her head-on,” Alekson said.
Diehl, who was driving a 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier, was not wearing a seat belt and suffered moderate injuries. Rafail, who was driving a 2002 Pontiac Sunfire and was wearing a seat belt, also suffered moderate injuries. Her baby girl was pronounced dead at 4:33 p.m. at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, W.Va.
Services for Haley Marie Rafail, the daughter of Carol and Waddia Rafail, were held yesterday at John S. Maykuth Funeral Home in Masontown.
Test results and further investigation are necessary before any decision is made concerning charges against Diehl, Alekson said.
“We will look for any existing medical condition that may have caused the baby’s death or if her death was a result of the accident,” he said.