12-Year-Old Girl Killed In Murrysville Crash

MURRYSVILLE (KDKA) — A 12-year-old girl was killed when a vehicle ended up on its roof in a violent accident late Saturday afternoon in Westmoreland County.

The Westmoreland County Coroner’s Office has identified the victim as 12-year-old Holly Alm of Export. She was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

The accident happened just after 5 p.m. on Harrison City Road, south of State Route 22.

Officials say Alm was riding in the front seat of the vehicle when the crash happened.

According to the coroner’s office, the vehicle was heading north when it traveled off the roadway, hit into a utility pole and rolled onto its roof.

An autopsy has been scheduled for Sunday.

Meanwhile, the Murrysville Police Department is investigating the crash.

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  • kristen

    I went to school with Holly. Please pray for her family they will need it and pray for her friends because I have friends whom of which knew her fairly well <3

    • Noah Earhart

      I also went to school with Holly but I didn’t know her but I am still very sad that she died in such a horrible way.

  • Heather

    This poor family :( My heart goes out to them.

  • Pat

    Saw the rescue vehicles but never imagined a 12 year old was killed. A terrible tragedy for Holly’s family. God bless them all!

  • Kait

    Really sad what happend. she went to my school. never knew her but my heart goes out to her and her family <3

  • Saw it

    Seat belts save lives and it’s the law. Age has no bearing on usage.

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  • rs

    My daughter used to attend dance/gymnastics with her. She knew the girl. I’d like to know how the SUV ended up on the roof.

    • caring mother

      REALLY!!! Your a Mother?? Your daughter knew “the girl” REALLY!! She has a name… Holly..but I’m sure you already knew that since they attended dance together..Right? And you seem to be more concerned with how the suv got flipped…again REALLY..you ought to be ashamed of yourself!!! Ignorance! I guess the rs stands for REALLY STUPID.


        Seriously, HUMAN NATURE to wonder about all aspects of how this tragedy occured. MORE STUPID AND IGNORANT is the fact that she was NOT wearing a seat belt. I SEE THIS EVERYDAY in our community, and wonder how a more afluent and educated community could care so little for LIFE, let alone for the life of their children. BUCKLE UP it’s the LAW!

  • brailynn

    My cousin was bestfriends with Holly, so I was some what close to her. She was always smiling and always laughing. This is so sad. My heart goes out to the Alms. Love you Maddy. Rest in peace Holly! You will never be forgotten! Love you forever&always <3

  • lisa

    As the mother of a 12 and 14 year old, I just can not begin to imaigne the heart ache the family is going through. I just wish you the best getting through this terribile time

  • GyUhTe

    AvaGrace, go outside once in a while.

  • Brian

    The Alms are a blessed family. Unique in the way they support each other through such despair. Holly’s parents are dedicated to their children and have a strong family core to support them in the days that follow. Please post supportive replies for the Alm family…their children and their childrens friends, as well as Holly’s, do not need to read replies that “question” what the family will endure in the days to follow.

  • Matt

    AvaGrace comment is not about the victim or her family it is about strangers associating themselves with her because of the media frenzy. Once the spotlight fades they will move on to another sad frenzy and that’s a shame.

  • hc

    How sad. Wish people would drive cars instead of these SUVs that are always flipping over and don’t handle well. Once you are a little out of control in one of those things there is no way to correct it. They are so dangerous. Hope the family can get through these hard times.

    • Bikerd

      It would appear that another senseless death was contributed by the neglect of the driver & lack of attention to the usage of safety devices installed in vehicles. This accident would also indicate that speeding, reckless driving, texting on a cell/device or other attention tangents caused the vehicle operator to not having full faculties on SIMPLY DRIVING & maintaining full vehicle control. It is also quite evident the lack of police patrols that ENFORCE the vehicle laws daily & really start to cite the immense violaters of the laws of the roadways.

      • Cheryl J

        Bikerd I am a friend of the mother and family. It’s called a mechanical brake failure- not cell phone etc. They are in unspeakable agony. Keep your ridiculous posts to yourself in these instances!!
        I am a nurse as well and you need to get some compassion- police officers are suppose to have that in there somewhere.
        May you never lose a child or watch someone go through it.

      • Le

        Bikerd you obviously have no heart. The mother is a caring, nice and wonderful human being and would do anything for her kids. How dare you throw her name out there so rudely at a time where she is heartbroken and grieving? Maybe she didn’t know her seat belt was on because she assumed. Granted, everyone should always wear there seat belt. However, don’t you dare blame the mother or anyone of that blessed and caring family. They love Holly to death. For you, a stranger who doesn’t even know them, to comment so heartless about this family during a time like this is mean, thoughtless and rude. Shame on you. God bless Holly, heaven has a gained a graceful angel.

      • emetron

        nothing would make me more happy then to break your f-ing nose. Former cop my ass. You’re a d-bag with zero class, and I hope the worst for you.

      • KatyMB5

        Seriously, is it really necessary for you to say any of these things here? Regardless of how right or wrong you are, and whether or not you really were a police officer, this is not the time or place for comments like yours. The lack of tact and feeling are sad. Go record your voice and play it back for yourself since you need to feel so important.

      • Mandy

        If you knew the family you would know that your comments are not warranted. When the breaks go out on a vehicle, does not imply that the mother was neglectful. She is the total opposite. It is horrible what happened and something her mother will live with forever as well as the family. I personally know them and grew up with the entire family. I was raised l
        To be a part of their family so please do not make judgements based on you lack of knowing the facts or the people involved. Also please do not directly attack the mother about the accident. That is exactly what it is an accident. She would have never put Holly in harms way.

      • Bikerd

        To Mandy,
        Since you, or another, had my first response deleted, I will simply provide data & some mental fodder for you & others to contemplate. As a past police officer who investigated numerous traffic accidents, I will simply provide information relevent to these kinds of accidents. Ask any police oficer or insurance investigator & you will find that EVERY accident has a CAUSE…..THAT IS A FACT!

        1) The primary indication, from the Post Gazette report, was that the child was NOT secured with a seatbelt.
        2) That responsibility was for the parent to insure the childs’ SAFETY! That lack of parental responsibility is called NEGLIGENCE whether you or anyone else agrees with that FACTOR!
        3) Every vehicle is equipped with a “EMERGENCY BRAKE” that is independent of the power braking system that can be engaged to get the vehicle under control to come to a stop. The issue is that 99.5% of vehicle operators don’t know to use it, how to use it, or wasn’t educated thru the operators’ license training certification when getting an operators’ license.
        4) Police officers, emergency responders, & truck drivers generally are trained for emergency stops by first engaging their shifting levers to the lowest gear & allowing the engine & transmission gears to initiate slowing down. The emergency brake is then applied steadily & the vehicle can be stopped quite effectively. These actions are needed quickly & should always be kept in memory if an occasion arises that dictate a quick stop upon brake system failure. It doesn’t take a lot of effort to practice on occasion using these techniques. THEY MAY SAVE YOU OR ANOTHERS LIFE!
        6) A constant awareness of your vehicles’ mechanical condition is imperative as ALL mechanical devices can fail at a moments’ notice.

        Now, you, or anyone else can have my response deleted. It is simply some “FOOD-FOR-THOUGHT” for all to contemplate. My initial response was to emphasize the need for ALL vehicle operators to insure passenger safety. That is YOUR responsibility. I did not make any” judgements” of anyone, nor did I “attack the mother”.

        My condolences are to the family for this tragic loss of life……

      • HAHAHAHA

        hey this is a memorial site!!!! dont ever talk about facts or your so called science!! god shall not like what you say!!………….HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • johnny69

        a child died and you are laughing…sad.

      • um

        didnt the report on wtae say she was partially ejected from the vehicle due to a seatbelt not being worn?

      • Aaron

        yeah it did

      • chelsea

        Hi soo i just wanted to say you have no idea what you are talking about the little girl unbuckled her seatbelt to grab a toy it had nothing to do with lack of attention of the driver. I knew holly very well and my cousin was her best friend and the love that family shared with one another was amazing. So if you could please keep your not knowing what happended out of a memorial for a 12 year old girl thatd be highly appreciated thanks.

      • Accountability

        Say what you want to defend this family, the facts are facts. Yes we pray for their loss and for the suffering all the friends and family are going through…..THAT BEING SAID….SHE did NOT have her seatbelt on, wether a second or entire trip, PEOPLE NEED TO BE ACCOUNTABLE for the actions of their CHILDREN….

  • Allie

    I went to school with Holly and I was in the same house as her. I was pretty good friends with her. I am so sad. I pray for her family. Holly: You are awesome and will NEVER be forgotten. Rest In Peace. LY!

    • Alyssa

      i was good friends with her. i met her in fifth grade and i went to school with her. may you rest in peace holly. i will never forget you. i pray for the family to get better. i am so sorry for their loss. holly did not deserve to die.i am so sad you passed. i was in the same house as her. so it will never be the same at school now. Rest In Peace.

  • Maria

    I was so devistated when i heard the new. shes one of my best friends. i was in the same house as her. You will ALWAYS be loved by your friends and family. dont forget i love you. You will never be forgotton. Rest in Peace.

    • Allie

      I completely agree with you, Maria. School will never be the same. I want to see her at school on Monday. LY, Holly!

  • Cole

    She was Great and My Sisters best Friend At Curch In hebron Curch Teriable My Prayers go 2 her

  • Bob S

    My prayers go out to the Alm family and all of Holly’s friends. She was truly an amazing young lady. I was blessed to have been one of her teachers, her smile always lit up the room. I am heartbroken over this tradegy.

    • Maria

      Yea, holly was an amazing peson. I love to see her make people laugh. She will always be loved by her friends and family. Dont EVER forget this Holly i love you so much. Rip Holly Alm, and God bless you and your family<3

      • Maria

        One more thing i need to say about holly, shes the ultimet justin bieber fan!

    • Allie

      I agree, she was really amazing and awesome. I want to see her tomorrow.

  • Danielle

    This is such sad news :( I played volleyball with Holly. I may have not known her very well, but she was a sweet girl and was a pretty good volleyball player :} i will miss her and she will never be forgotton. RIP

  • Ace Slick

    Welcome to the KDKA memorial site. Any posts of truth or speculation about speeding or lack of safety devices being used will be deleted. Only memorial posts will be accepted by the mods.

    • Heather

      So what you’re saying is those who are in mourning and commenting should stop b/c those who want to ‘speculate’ (and I use that word loosely given the woman has already been condemned by the regulars who post on KDKA) should instead be allowed to post in their oh-so-knowing manner on how they know the mother was a bad woman and all that bull b/c the child wasn’t wearing a seat belt?

      Join a real forum if you want to ‘speculate’.

      • wow

        how more REAL do you want it to get little girl?

      • oh my

        its not speculation…its fact.

  • morgan

    I was her bestfriiend…well one of them. Me, Maddy, Sam, Anna, and Silvia. I love her so much. she wont be forgotten and i will make sure of that. Holly didnt deserve this. prayers for Holly and the Alm family <3

    • Maria

      Ya, i was a very good friend as hers. I was in the same house as her. i always sat with her. She was a great friend. god needed an angel so he took holly.
      My prayers go to hooly and the alm family.R.I.P. Holly I Love you so much

    • chelsea

      maddy is my cousin please help her through this rip holly <3

  • anne

    Prayers of peace and comfort to this family and their friends who suffer the worst loss imaginable. I lost my 12-year-old son in a car accident two years ago and reading this floods my head with tragedy and hopelessness. Know that there are people who have shared a similar pain and can help you through the coming days, months, and years. Ignore everyone else. Blessings to you. RIP dear Holly.

  • b. coll

    People really need to stop sending forwards through text messaging about Holly ;; especially ones like “if you don’t send this to 20 people, Holly will haunt you” like get real and stop this now!

  • Rebecca

    SHE went to church with me, she was in my class ill miss her . she was always happy and smiling.

  • Aaron

    What a sad thing to happen. My sister was good friends with Holly. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. R.I.P. Holly.

  • help

    whats a parking/ emergency brake? is that the thing that holds my stuff beside me?

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