New Castle News


October 20, 2012

Woman injured in crash

NEW CASTLE — A Mercer woman was flown to St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown following a crash early Saturday in New Wilmington.

New Wilmington police said Megan E. Roddy, 18, had to be extricated from her 2003 Pontiac Sunfire following the 1:25 a.m. accident. She was listed Saturday morning in serious condition

Roddy, police said, was westbound on East Neshannock Avenue when she attempted to make a left turn into a private driveway. Her vehicle was struck on the driver’s side by a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by Sean K. Catterson, 21, of Frederick, Md. He also had been westbound on East Neshannock, behind Roddy.

Roddy suffered apparent head injuries and was unconcious, police said. She was removed from the vehicle by the New Wilmington Fire Department.

Catterson and a passenger in his vehicle, 20-year-old Brandon A. Ferrari of New Wilmington, were not injured.

Both vehicles had just passed a New Wilmington police officer conducting a stationary patrol just prior to the crash. According to police, the officer had just begun to follow Catterson’s vehicle in an attempt to stop him because of excessive speed when he came across the crash.

Police added that their preliminary investigation indicated that road rage, excess speed and alcohol impairment all may have been contributing factors in the crash.

The Pennsylvania State Police CARS Unit from Butler was summoned to map, photograph and reconstruct the crash scene. Also assisting at the scene were the New Wilmington and Volant fire departments, Neshannock Township Police and state police from the New Castle barracks.

East Neshannock Avenue was closed for nearly six hours because of the crash.

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