Teen Charged In Double Fatal Crash On I-79

NORTH STRABANE TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — A teenager from Bridgeville is now facing a number of charges including homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence in connection with a deadly crash on Interstate 79 in Washington County that killed two men in February.

Brothers Nickolas and Alex Mercolini were heading north on I-79 near the Racetrack Road exit with their wives when police say an SUV driver by Stormy Hunter, 18, hit their car, forcing it off the road.

The Pontiac Vibe that the Mercolinis were riding in began to roll over and both men were thrown from the vehicle. Catherine Mercolini, 57, and Linda Mercolini, 64, were also injured in the accident that killed their husbands. Neither Hunter, not her 17-year-old passenger suffered any injuries in the crash.

Today officials arraigned Hunter on 18 charges, including two counts of homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence, two counts of aggravated assault by vehicle while DUI, homicide by vehicle, DUI, five counts of recklessly endangering another person, and related charges.

Hunter is scheduled to face a preliminary hearing next week.


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  • Comments

      Children acting like children. Lock ’em up!

    • ap

      so sad. so easily preventable. just so so sad. and why is it that the person “under the influence” never gets hurt or killed? always some innocent person who by a terrible fate happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time.

    • Justice for All!

      Sad YES! Don’t worry kid in today’s world life is very cheap! So you will be back out on the street again in about 6 months from now. In today’s world it doesn’t matter too much anymore, you can murder or kill someone you don’t like and they release you in about 6 months to a year.

    • Grow Up

      Obviously it’s a horrible thing that has happened. But going around trashing everyone and being absolutely horrible people is not going to make anyone feel better on either side. There should be a punishment for the driver for what has happened. But johnny69 are you serious? Grow up. This is a serious matter. People died and other people’s lives are seriously affected. Go blog about something as immature as you are.

    • critter

      Bush”s fault.


      GO STEELERS!!!

    • Truth

      The apple does not fall far from the tree in this family of drunks. The whole family has had run- ins with the law for their “all about me”, ” I’m rich” attitude.

      I hope she does some serious time for this. She tried to make the court think that this was the first time for this behavior, but it’s not. It’ll continue unless she get some help. 15 years might do it.

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