LEECHBURG (KDKA) — A local family discovered their daughter had died in a car crash from posts on Facebook and now one family member wants a change to Pennsylvania driver’s licenses.
“It’s bad enough to lose a child but to find out in that way is just tragic,” said Sandie Mackintosh, aunt of Beth Carney.
Carney and Sammie Smith died when the car they were in crashed into a truck trailer parked at a towing company in Harrison Township.
The wreckage wasn’t even detected for nearly nine hours because the car attracted no attention in a salvage yard.
Carney’s dad, Bob Carney, says he learned about the wreckage from posts on Facebook.
“Three different sections of the family found out almost simultaneously through Facebook,” said Mackintosh.
Mackintosh has now contacted her state representative about getting in-case-of-emergency contact information on driver’s licenses so police would immediately have it.
“If they can ask for organ donation, why not put this on your license?” said Mackintosh.
Carney’s dad isn’t sure it would have made a difference given the circumstances of this crash, but thinks that maybe it could help others.
Nearly 200 people showed up at the Leechburg High School Football Field Wednesday night for a candlelight vigil for the young women.
It’s unclear what caused the crash.