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April 22, 2013

Two charged in crash after six-month probe

NEW CASTLE — Two people have been charged in an accident police said resulted from road rage, excess speed and alcohol.

New Wilmington police this week charged Sean K. Catterson, 21, of Frederick, Md., with aggravated assault by vehicle while driving under the influence of alcohol, two counts of driving under the influence, reckless driving causing serious bodily injury and summary traffic offenses. Those included failing to drive on the correct side of the road and permitting an open container of alcohol in a vehicle.

He was arraigned before District Judge Scott McGrath and released on $10,000 bond.

Charges also were filed in McGrath’s office against Megan E. Roddy, 19, of Mercer. She is charged with driving under the influence, possession of drug paraphernalia and summary offenses of purchase, consumption and possession of alcohol by a minor and prohibited operation of a vehicle by a minor with alcohol in his/her system.

The charges followed a six-month investigation of the crash, which occurred at 1:25 a.m. Oct. 20 in the 300 block of East Neshannock Avenue.

According to police, Roddy was westbound on East Neshannock Avenue/Route 208 and attempting to turn left into a private driveway when her car, a Pontiac Sunfire, was hit broadside by a Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by Catterson, also westbound on East Neshannock Avenue.

Police said Roddy had to be extricated by the New Wilmington Volunteer Fire Department. Officers said she sustained severe head injuries and was flown to St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown. She was later transferred to a rehabilitation facility in Pittsburgh for long-term medical treatment.

Police said Catterson admitted to drinking beer while driving from a Potter Run Road house, where he told police he dropped off a 17-year-old female passenger. Officers said Catterson voluntarily went to the police station and said he had been angry at the other driver and had been traveling at 45 to 50 miles per hour in a 25-mile-per-hour zone on Route 208.

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