2 Die in Route 65 accident

Two Beaver County men died and two other people were critically injured during an early morning accident on Route 65 in Ben Avon on Wednesday.

An Ohio Township Police officer on patrol in Ben Avon about 2:30 a.m. actually heard the crash on Ohio River Boulevard and rushed to the scene. According to Police Chief Beaver Micklos, the officer did not hear squealing tires or brakes, only something that sounded like an explosion.

“It was a horrific impact,” Micklos said.

Pronounced dead at the scene were Christopher Lantzy, 22, and David Mooney, 19, both of New Brighton. A female passenger in their car was trapped in the vehicle and had to be extricated by firefighters. She was described as being critically injured, as was the sole occupant of the other vehicle, a man also from Beaver County, a resident of Chippewa believed to have been traveling toward Pittsburgh en route to work.

Micklos said that although investigation of the accident continues, it appears that the vehicle with the two young men was headed northbound on Route 65 when it crossed into the southbound lanes and spun so that the impact occurred between the driver’s side of their car and the front end of the other man’s vehicle.

Micklos said that although some reports had indicated that the young men’s car had been seen speeding by Bellevue Police, there is no confirmation that the vehicle seen by Bellevue Police and the one involved in the wreck were the same car, and there was no pursuit of the car at any time.


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