Head-on crash in western Pa. kills 3

Nov 12, 2009 Read more: The York Daily Record 150

Authorities in western Pennsylvania say a two-car crash near Edinboro has killed three men.

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Gary Woodman

United States

#1 Nov 12, 2009
I am John's Uncle.
I am so sorry for these young students. I did not know the other 2 men involved, but John had a very bright and promising young mind. This is such a sad loss for us all.
MARY

Erie, PA

#2 Nov 12, 2009
TO JOHN'S UNCLE.....MY DAUGHTER WENT TO SCHOOL WITH THE YOUNG MAN WHO WAS THE DRIVER OF THE CAR IN WHICH YOUR JOHN WAS RIDING....JUST TOO AWFUL FOR WORDS ON ALL COUNTS....SO SAD AND SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS.
LeSha Peterson

Homestead, PA

#3 Nov 12, 2009
it was just yesterday that me and him were in artmetals actin up and now he's gone.......ima miss you john love alwayz Sha.
harvey

Brookville, PA

#4 Nov 12, 2009
My smpahties to all the family memebers of these young people...may they rest in peace.
Paul

Meadville, PA

#5 Nov 12, 2009
I did not know these young men, but as a fellow Edinboro Student, they were part of my extended "Edinboro family." My thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of these students.
sam brown

Binghamton, NY

#6 Nov 12, 2009
This never would of Happened if someone was obeying the traffic law and not speeding..A Innocent life was taken due to someones stupidity............
TAXPAYER

Erie, PA

#7 Nov 12, 2009
To all who are impacted by this tragic loss, our prayers are with you at this time of loss.
a to z

United States

#8 Nov 12, 2009
Sad incident...rip
reader

Belmont, NY

#9 Nov 12, 2009
Sheldon was such a wonderful young man who comes from a loving family. He will truly be missed by all who knew him. Our sympathies to all the families. I hope Sheldon's parents and brother can find comfort in their memories of this wonderful young man.
Leslie

AOL

#10 Nov 12, 2009
John was a friend of my sons from Baldwin High School. I remember him coming to our house years ago. He was a good young man with a very nice family.
Our very deepest sympathy to John's family and the family of the others tragically killed in this accident.
Heidenreich Family
Emily

Pittsburgh, PA

#11 Nov 12, 2009
Sheldon dated my best friend. I called him Mr. Perfect. He was such an amazing person!
cant say my name

Utica, NY

#12 Nov 12, 2009
all i can say is i lost a family member and a good friend to sheldon had is hole life ahead of him and it was all taken away lastnight becouse of some dum punk kid street racing and not obeying the law some ppl on say jonh had a bright promising young mind and to be honest with i dont think he did at all he dident have any respeck anyone on the road that night at all i dont feel one bit sorry for johns family at all. sheldon you are an amazing guy you were allways there for friends and family when they needed you we will all miss you so much we love so much R.I.P. SHEDON HARMON

“RVN-'68-'69 25th Infantry ”

Since: Dec 07

USA

#16 Nov 13, 2009
My sympathy and prayers are with the families and friends of these young men. What a terrible tragedy.
BeckyKnapp

Stow, OH

#18 Nov 13, 2009
TWTL wrote:
Why are people assuming he was street racing with another car? The article only states he was passing at a high rate of speed on a hill.
EDINBORO -- Tom Zimmer heard the muffler of a loud car roaring past his house on Draketown Road.

His curiosity piqued, he looked out his window in time to see two vehicles turn around in his neighbor's driveway.

The drivers of the two cars idled for a minute, talking. Then they took off, one after the other.

"They were going like hell," Zimmer said.

He didn't hear the crash.

But he later learned three Edinboro University of Pennsylvania students were killed in a head-on collision at the crest of a hill just 400 yards from his home. The accident was reported at 5:18 p.m.

Pennsylvania State Police said one of the vehicles that Zimmer saw racing past his home was involved in the collision.

That car was driven by Domenico J. Crea, 18, who state police said tried to pass his friend's car near the top of the hill on the two-lane road in the 3400 block of Draketown Road in Washington Township.

But coming up the hill in the opposite direction was a 2004 Dodge Intrepid driven by Sheldon Harmon, 21.

Harmon, Crea and Crea's passenger, John N. Eyrolles, were killed.

All three were Edinboro students.

Harmon, 21, of Bolivar, N.Y., would have graduated in May with a degree in applied media arts. His concentration was in animation, and he was vice president of the school's animation club.

"He was very talented," said Steve Carpenter, one of his professors. "We saw his potential. This is just really heartbreaking."

Eyrolles and Crea, both 18, were freshmen and had not yet declared majors, an Edinboro spokeswoman said. Eyrolles, of Pittsburgh, and Crea, of Erie, were living in the same dormitory on Edinboro's campus.

University President Jeremy Brown met with students at the dorm Wednesday night.

"There was crying," said Amy Neil, a university spokeswoman. "The entire campus community is devastated."

State police did not name the driver of the other car that Zimmer saw with Crea's just before the collision.

But that person and his passenger stopped at the crash scene and have been identified by police, said State Police Sgt. Mark Zaleski. He said both the driver and the passenger were "young men," but he would not say if they were also Edinboro students.

Erie County District Attorney Jack Daneri said he will not decide if the other driver should face charges related to the crash until the investigation is complete, a process that could take at least several days.

Zaleski said he did not want to say if the two vehicles were racing, but he did say the drivers of the two speeding cars knew each other.

"There was clearly a relationship between these vehicles," he said.

He said the two vehicles were driving at a "high rate of speed," and he said accident reconstruction specialists were working to figure out how fast, in fact, they were traveling.

Harmon had been on his way to see his girlfriend, Catherine Moore, when the crash happened. Moore lives with her parents just a few minutes away.

Moore and Harmon were on the phone together when she heard him exclaim just before the line went dead.

Moore and her parents made it to the accident scene ahead of police and paramedics.

"She was standing right next to him trying to get him to wake up," said Julie Moore, Catherine Moore's mother.

"She just kept sobbing for someone to get him out, get him out," Julie Moore said.
BeckyKnapp

Stow, OH

#19 Nov 13, 2009
If that wasn't "drag racing," I don't know what is.

“I swear to God it is”

Since: Jul 09

Erie, PA

#20 Nov 13, 2009
TWTL wrote:
Why are people assuming he was street racing with another car? The article only states he was passing at a high rate of speed on a hill.
News reports this morning are reporting that the cars were seen racing just before taking off up the hill. The driver of the second car was talked to by state police, just have not been identified yet. I'm sure it will all come out later.

My condolences to the families of all involved.
TWTL

Edinboro, PA

#21 Nov 13, 2009
Thanks, Becky, I had not read a follow up. What a tragedy. And he was talking on a cell phone, too?!?!?!?

I still don't think anyone can determine yet if they were racing or not. Another possible scenario,(one that would be even worse and harder to live with for the driver of the other car, imo) would be if he simply was speeding up so as to not allow the passing car to pass. I've seen that happen many times. People get into power struggles on the road, and even if it was a friendly power struggle, it's quite possible he just decided, for the sheer fun of it, to speed up and not let the other car pass.
TWTL

Edinboro, PA

#22 Nov 13, 2009
Donny Baker wrote:
<quoted text>
News reports this morning are reporting that the cars were seen racing just before taking off up the hill. The driver of the second car was talked to by state police, just have not been identified yet. I'm sure it will all come out later.
My condolences to the families of all involved.
If he was on the phone with his girlfriend at the time of the crash, she would probably have some valuable information. That poor girl! So many lives lost and shattered by this tragic incident. It's always hard to lose a loved one, but when it happens in such a senseless, tragic manner, it seems to amplify the grief. My sympathies to all the friends and families of these young guys.

RMB

Shadyside, OH

#23 Nov 13, 2009
My heart goes out to the family for there lost. I have a son that attends Edinboro and he had classes with 2 of the students. I will keep the family in my prayers.
name

Utica, NY

#24 Nov 13, 2009
TWTL wrote:
Why are people assuming he was street racing with another car? The article only states he was passing at a high rate of speed on a hill.
becouse ppl saw them racing thats why your best bet is to shut your hole smart ass

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