100+ MPH Crash Kills 2 Teens, 3rd Injured

100+ MPH Crash Kills 2 Teens, 3rd Injured

Last week, a tragic car crash took the lives of two local teenagers in Georges Township, PA and severely injured a third, all students attending Fayette County high schools. High speed caused the car to be airborne leading to the untimely deaths despite the use of seatbelts and deployed air bags.

Local reports by KDKA-TV and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette have announced that the driver and front passenger were both killed upon impact at the age of 17 in a one-car crash Tuesday night. The victims were identified as students Kyle Catlett from Smithfield, PA, driver and Yolanda Jackson, passenger from Uniontown, PA. The third teen remains an unidentified 16-year old girl from Uniontown who was flown for medical treatment.

At the time of the accident that occurred at 10:45 PM on May 3rd, all three occupants were found to be wearing seatbelts as the car was headed south on Route 119 at 100 miles per hour. Catlett, the driver, lost control of the vehicle when it crossed the center line. The vehicle launched into the air upon approaching high speeds after it veered off the roadway and hit a grassy embankment. This vehicle continued to travel south off of the road and hit another embankment, which caused it to roll over, hit a utility pole, and become airborne a second time before crashing head-on into a stone wall.

Yolanda, the front passenger was supposed to get her driver’s license within the next few months according to her father, Raymond who was going to buy her one. Catlett, who attended Albert Gallatin Area High School, was described as a “vibrant, well-liked, well-rounded” young man who got good grades by the school’s principal. The trio’s coworkers at a local McDonald’s restaurant remember them as “great kids who never caused problems.”

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