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NHT Man Dead in Route 48 Crash

Car was struck head-on; county police investigating

By Staff Reports
The Tube City Almanac
April 10, 2020
Posted in: Crime and Police News, White Oak News

A North Huntingdon Twp. man died Thursday afternoon following a head-on collision near White Oak Park.

Donald Pivirotto, 59, was pronounced dead at the scene, the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office said. The cause of death is pending an autopsy.

Allegheny County police Lt. Venerando Costa said a Nissan Sentra driven by Pivirotto was on Route 48 near McClintock Road, heading toward Lincoln Way, when it was struck head-on by a box truck traveling in the other direction.

The accident happened just before 4 p.m. Pivirotto was trapped in the wreckage and had to be freed by firefighters and paramedics, Costa said.

White Oak police requested that detectives and a collision reconstruction squad from Allegheny County police respond to the scene.

Investigators said the box truck was being driven by a 27-year-old woman.

When a car in front of the truck stopped to make a left turn, Costa said, the truck’s driver swerved to avoid it, colliding with Pivirotto’s car.

Investigators have not yet determined if the driver of the truck was distracted or if the vehicle in front of her stopped suddenly, he said. The name of the truck driver was not released by police.

At the conclusion of the investigation the findings will be turned over to the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office for a determination if charges are warranted, Costa said.

Anyone with information or who may have witnessed the incident is asked to call the Allegheny County Police Tip Line 1-833-ALL-TIPS. Callers may remain anonymous, Costa said.

County police also may be reached via Twitter and Facebook.

Originally published April 10, 2020.

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