KANE, Pa. (AP) — Six people killed in a head-on car crash on a highway in a northwestern Pennsylvania forest include a 12-year-old cheerleader with an infectious smile and a 6-year-old boy described as a scrappy competitor in a variety of sports.
A sport utility vehicle crossed the center line on Saturday afternoon and hit an approaching sedan in Allegheny National Forest, killing 6-year-old Jarrett Costanzo and 12-year-old Olivia Douglas and injuring a woman and her 10-year-old son, all in the SUV, state police said.
Also killed in the crash were four adults in the sedan, including a husband and wife, all from St. Marys, just southeast of the forest.
The SUV's driver, Kathy Douglas, of Kane, remained hospitalized in serious condition on Monday. A hospital spokeswoman declined to release information about the injured boy's condition.
State police said the cause of the crash was being investigated.
St. Marys resident Stephanie Renwick, who lives across the street from two people killed in the sedan, driver Gary Beimel and his wife, Elaine Beimel, said they would be "very greatly missed."
"They were wonderful people," she said on Monday. "They were good friends and wonderful neighbors."
Renwick, whose husband had worked with Gary Beimel, said the Beimels had a large family and were very family-oriented.
"They have two young children who recently married," she said. "I have three young children, and they were always wonderful to them."
The crash, which occurred about 120 miles northeast of Pittsburgh, also killed sedan passengers David Cuneo and Florence Donachy.
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