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Boy, 4, killed in head-on crash

by CHAUNCEY ROSS chauncey@indianagazette.net on September 19, 2012 11:00 AM

CENTER TOWNSHIP -- A head-on crash claimed the life of a 4-year-old White Township boy Tuesday morning on Lucerne Road.

Justin Lamar Williamson Jr., of 730 Fairview Avenue, suffered an apparent blunt-force neck injury and died instantly when the car collided with an oncoming sport utility vehicle, said Indiana County Coroner Michael Baker.

Baker said he was the son of Kayla Gardner and Justin Williamson.

Williamson was in a booster seat in the rear of the car, Baker said. He reported that the driver of the car and two other passengers, including a 2-year-old girl, were sent to Indiana Regional Medical Center for treatment of injuries.

One of the injured, Lucy Stiffler, was transferred to Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown and was listed in critical condition this morning, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

State police issued a news release Tuesday afternoon indicating that the 2-year-old passenger in a 2007 Ford Focus and the driver of a 1998 Jeep Cherokee SUV both escaped injury. The girl was restrained in a forward-facing child safety seat, troopers reported.

Police withheld the names of all of the people involved in the crash. Troopers at the Indiana station said this morning no other information was available, and did not report whether any charges are anticipated in connection with the crash.

Baker on Tuesday identified the driver of the SUV as Ian Finch, of Johnstown.

According to the coroner, Finch told investigators that the eastbound car crossed into his lane near the Wida Industrial Park, just east of Route 119.

The accident was reported to the Indiana County 911 center just after 10 a.m. The Homer City fire department and Citizens' Ambulance Service paramedics responded. The boy was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident at 10:26 a.m.

Baker said an autopsy would be performed today to verify the cause of death.

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