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New Kensington man killed when other driver attempts to avoid deer

A New Kensington man was killed and three others injured when another driver went out of control trying to avoid a deer and went into oncoming traffic Saturday night in Red Bank, Clarion County.

Pennsylvania State Police at the Clarion barracks said Scott Smith, 53, and Stephanie Smith, 58, were traveling south on State Route 66 near the intersection with Quail Road around 10 p.m. Saturday when the driver of a second vehicle heading north hit her brakes to avoid a deer. The other driver lost control on the slippery road surface, crossed into the southbound lane and struck Smith’s Nissan Frontier.

Scott and Stephanie Smith were flown to UPMC Presbyterian where Scott died from his injuries; the other driver and a passenger in her GMC Envoy were treated for minor injuries.

Two dogs in the Smiths’ vehicle survived, though one, a white Chihuahua with brown patches, ran away and was last seen in the vicinity of Blue Town Tavern. Anyone with information about the dog is asked to contact state police.

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