BUFFALO TOWNSHIP, Pa. - A Washington County family is mourning the loss of a 6-year-old boy who died in a crash in Buffalo Township Wednesday night.
Investigators said 23-year-old Crystal Lashea and her son, Dominic Rush, were driving on Interstate 70 around 8:30 p.m. when Lashea hit the median, spun out of control and crashed.
Investigators said the car went off the road and overturned, ejecting both victims from the car.
Dominic died in the accident, and Lashea was flown to Allegheny General Hospital to be treated for injuries. Her condition has not been released.
Tammy Patterson, Dominic’s aunt, said she spent the day with him and his mother on Wednesday.
“We had a ball. He was running around, playing with the dogs,” she said.
Officers said both victims were not wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash.
“There was a booster seat in the vehicle he was not using, and he wasn’t belted in,” Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Stefani Plume said.
“They said if he would have had that buckle on he would have had a chance, because he shot out of the window,” Patterson said.
Patterson said she wants to make a plea to other drivers.
“To parents, grandparents, anybody that has kids -- please, please double-check the buckle, please,” Patterson said.
Patterson said coping with the loss of Dominic will be difficult.
“We’ll remember his smile and his laughter. Keep him in your prayers,” Patterson said.
If you'd like to make a donation to help cover funeral costs:
Dominic Rush Memorial Fund
In care of Tammy Patterson
First Niagara Bank in Houston