Elderly Driver Crashes Into Westmoreland Co. Church

MURRYSVILLE (KDKA) – An elderly man crashed into a Westmoreland County church just moments after service started Sunday morning.

The 76-year-old man crashed into the First United Methodist Church in Murrysville as the second service of the day was beginning.

Members of the church are thankful for good timing because had it happened any earlier, people would have been standing in the car’s path.

“About 15 or 20 minutes earlier it would have been really devastating,” Carrie Bortz said. ”So, we were really blessed that it was timed the way it was.”

A few people were hit with flying glass, but their injuries were not severe.

The driver of the vehicle was not injured and it’s not known what led to the accident at this time.


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  • Dan

    We’re going to be hearing more and more of these typs of accidents as the baby boomers get older and older…with no retesting required. Glad no one was seriously hurt.

  • Duckdaddy

    Is this the golden corral? Kids get inside its gray dawn the old people are driving.

  • Johnny

    I totally agree. A church of all places! Could have been a REAL tragedy. Start re-testing the elderly. People forget that driving is a priviledge–NOT a right.

  • Steve

    If this was a young driver there would be some mention of “charges pending” against the wrecklessnes.

  • Mike

    There needs to be a system in place for testing on a yearly basis once you reach a certain age. I realize some may see that as “discrimination”, but incidents like this show that *some* elderly drivers are a threat to everyone’s safety- including their own.

    In fact, the whole business (and that’s what it is) of just paying-up and getting your license renewed has to stop. There should be a written test at EVERY renewal, and a practical (driving) test after a certain age. That would force people to stay current on traffic laws and keep their skills sharp. Otherwise, what is the point of having to renew the license, other than a cash-cow for the state?

    • Dan

      Couldn’t agree more. I’m willing to bet that the vast majority of people couldn’t tell you how many feet you must park from a fire hydrant, feet when you should turn off high beams from cars in front of you travelling your direction vs travelling at you, etc. What’s the point of these questions if people can just forget once that piece of paper is handed to that am 16yo?

  • Dan

    “is handed to that 16yo” or “to a 16yo”. brain fart….

  • I'm with you

    I went and spoke to my Mother’s doctor about her driving (2 MAJOR accidents in 1 month with substantial damage to the car). She went off the road in both cases (she’s over 80 years old), luckily did not hit a person or property, but did severe damage to her car both times. Her doctor told me he really ‘hesitates’ to recommend seniors stop driving because it’s the last bit of their independence!! Seriously, she’s going to get hurt or hurt someone else, but apparently as long as it doesn’t affect her independence, it’s ok. I’ve asked her to stop driving and/or limit it to sidestreets, avoiding rush hour, but she has no intention of it.

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