BRADYS BEND TWP. – One local driver was killed and another was severely injured in a two-vehicle crash at approximately 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 22 in Bradys Bend Township (Armstrong County).
While traveling southeast along Route 68, near Seybertown Road, police said Heather D. King, 42, of East Brady, lost control of her Chevrolet Cobalt LS on a curve in the roadway. King reportedly crossed into the oncoming lane and collided head-on with a Hyundai Accent, driven by Steven M. Bellas, 21, of East Brady.
The Cobalt came to an “uncontrolled” stop near the crash site, but Bellas’ Accent was propelled backward several feet before coming to a stop in the westbound lane of Route 68, reports state.
Both vehicles sustained disabling front end damage.
King was wearing a seatbelt, but Bellas was not. Both drivers suffered severe injuries in the crash and were transported from the scene to Armstrong County Memorial Hospital. They were then flown to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital for further treatment.
Bellas, the son of Pamela L. Bellas, later died at the Pittsburgh hospital as a result of his injuries.
According to his obituary, Bellas was a 2015 graduate of Karns City High School and earned a criminology degree in 2017 from Pittsburgh Technical Institute. He had recently begun a career with Penn United Technologies.
Route 68 was closed in the area of the crash for approximately five hours.
King was cited for failing to drive on roadways laned for traffic, and the crash is under investigation.
State police were assisted by East Brady and Sugarcreek firefighters, and Sugarcreek Ambulance.