Mt. Pleasant woman killed when car crashes, burns in Greensburg |

Mt. Pleasant woman killed when car crashes, burns in Greensburg

Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review
The scene near 735 College Ave. in Greensburg, where Claudette M. Brajdic, 52, of Hempfield was killed when her car went off the road, struck a tree and caught fire.

A Mt. Pleasant Township woman died Tuesday morning when her car crashed and caught fire on College Avenue in Greensburg.

Claudette M. Brajdic, 52, of Mt. Pleasant Road, was the driver of a 2002 Buick Regal that went off the road near 735 College Ave., struck a tree and burst into flames, according to Westmoreland County Coroner Kenneth Bacha.

Greensburg fire Chief Ed Hutchinson said a passer-by who reported the accident stopped but couldn't help the victim.

“Unfortunately, the door was still latched closed, and there was nothing he could do. The car was fully engulfed when we arrived,” Hutchinson said.

Deputy Coroner Joshua C. Zappone pronounced Brajdic dead at 2:47 a.m. of multiple-blunt force and heat-related injuries.

The weather likely didn't cause the accident, according to the coroner's office. Toxicology results will not be known for several weeks. No autopsy is planned.

Greensburg police said the accident is still under investigation.

Bacha Funeral Home at 516 Stanton St., Southwest Greensburg, is in charge of arrangements.

Brajdic was a 1981 graduate of Hempfield Area High School. She is survived by her daughter, Candis, and a granddaughter, of Mt. Pleasant Township.

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