KANE, Pa. (AP) - Six people killed in a head-on car crash on a highway in a national forest include a 12-year-old cheerleader with an infectious smile and a 6-year-old boy described as a scrappy competitor in a variety of sports.
A sport utility vehicle crossed the center line on Saturday afternoon and hit an approaching sedan in Allegheny National Forest, in northwestern Pennsylvania, killing 6-year-old Jarrett Costanzo and 12-year-old Olivia Douglas and injuring 36-year-old driver Kathy Douglas and her 10-year-old son, all in the SUV, state police in McKean County said.
Also killed in the crash were four people in the sedan: 62-year-old driver Gary Beimel; his 55-year-old wife, Elaine Beimel; 54-year-old David Cuneo and 81-year-old Florence Donachy, all of St Marys.
Kathy Douglas, of Kane, remained hospitalized in serious condition today. A hospital spokeswoman declined to release information about the injured boy's condition.
St Marys resident Stephanie Renwick, who lives across the street from the Beimels, said they would be "very greatly missed."
"They were wonderful people," she said today. "They were good friends and wonderful neighbors."