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Motorcycle Crashes Kill 2 in North Versailles

Separate incidents claim two lives on Sunday; county police investigating

By Staff Reports
The Tube City Almanac
May 22, 2024
Posted in: Crime and Police News, North Versailles Twp. News

Motorcycle crashes claimed the lives of two men in separate incidents Sunday in North Versailles Twp.

The first, just after 4 p.m., involved a minivan and a motorcycle on Fifth Avenue just north of the McKeesport city limits. The second happened on Route 30 just five hours later.

Allegheny County police are investigating both cases.

In the first incident, county police said a motorcycle driven by Benjamin Petkovsek, 23, of Monroeville collided with a minivan near the intersection of Fifth and Westinghouse avenues just after 4 p.m. Sunday.

Police said the driver of the minivan was taken to an area hospital in stable condition, while Petkovsek was taken to UPMC Mercy hospital, Uptown, where he was pronounced dead at 4:54 p.m., according to the Allegheny County medical examiner’s office.

A 2019 graduate of Gateway High School, Petkovsek is survived by his parents and two siblings, as well as a grandfather, aunts, uncles and cousins. Funeral arrangements are in care of Jobe Funeral Home, Monroeville. Interment will be private.

In the second incident, county police said a motorcycle driven by Darien Clark, 27, of Beaver Falls, formerly of North Huntingdon Twp., collided with a van at the intersection of Route 30 and Clyde Avenue, just west of Walmart. The crash occurred about 9:33 p.m., police said.

First responders found Clark in critical condition, police said. The driver of the van was not injured. Clark was taken to Forbes Regional Hospital, Monroeville, where he was pronounced dead, according to the medical examiner’s office.

Police said in a prepared statement that preliminary information in the second case indicates that both vehicles were traveling westbound on Route 30, and that the vehicles collided as the van made a left turn onto Clyde Avenue.

A 2014 graduate of Norwin High School, Clark worked as a journeyman insulator and was a member of Insulators Union Local 2. He is survived by his parents, a daughter, three sisters, his girlfriend, grandparents and a great-grandmother. Funeral arrangements are in care of Shirley Funeral Home, North Huntingdon.

The Allegheny County police homicide and collision reconstruction units are investigating both deaths. Anyone with information concerning either crash is asked to call the County Police Tip Line ay 1-833-ALL-TIPS. Callers may remain anonymous.

Originally published May 22, 2024.

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