• 25-year-old woman killed, 4 injured in crash on I-376 in Hopewell Twp.


    HOPEWELL, Pa. - A 25-year-old Aliquippa woman was killed and four others were injured in a crash on Interstate 376 in Hopewell Township late Tuesday night.

    The two-car crash was reported about 10:30 p.m. near mile marker 45 in Hopewell Township.

    According to police, a car driven by 65-year-old Frank Malone was driving in the left lane at a high rate of speed when he tried to move over into the right lane.

    Upon changing lanes, Malone struck a car driven by 32-year-old Stenzelle Ruth. Ruth’s car was forced off the road and struck a guide rail before rolling twice over an embankment.

    Investigators said Ruth’s fiancée, Renina Newton, who was a passenger in the car, was ejected during the rollover.

    Channel 11’s Amy Marcinkiewicz reported that Newton’s two children were also in Ruth’s car at the time of the accident. They were taken to UPMC Children’s Hospital, and their conditions haven’t been released.

    Malone and Ruth were both taken to Heritage Valley Medical Center in Beaver. Neither of their conditions have been released.

    Beaver Community College, where Newton attended, released the following statement Wednesday:

    “Renina Newton met stringent admission criteria to be accepted into the nursing program at Community College of Beaver County. She was enrolled in her first clinical nursing course to begin in August. We are sad about the loss of this promising young person who wanted to share her caring through the profession of nursing. We extend our deepest condolences to her family.”

    The interstate's westbound lanes were shut down between Hopewell and Aliquippa for several hours as police and accident reconstruction personnel investigated. All lanes were reopened shortly after 7 a.m.

    The accident remains under investigation.

    Police said charges in relation to the accident will be filed against Malone.

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