WHITEHALL (KDKA) – On Aug. 9, Anthony Posa had everything to look forward to, a brand new daughter just born and the school year as a math teacher at Carrick High School was about to begin.
But on Monday morning just before 10 a.m., he was headed south on Route 51 in Whitehall when the driver of an SUV, trying to get around a car slowing down to make a turn, pulled into the passing lane.
Posa was also in the passing lane and was struck, making Posa lose control.
“The witness explained to our officer that there was contact made with Mr. Posa’s vehicle on the driver’s side,” said Whitehall Police Chief Donald Dolfi. “It put his Dodge Avenger into a slide, and ultimately, he crashed into a metal utility light pole.”
Pictures given to KDKA-TV of Posa’s car show the destruction after the crash.
He is in UPMC Mercy’s intensive care unit with a head injury, multiple fractures, contusions and lacerations, says his family. He spent most of the day in surgery.
Posa’s family released a statement, which reads in part:
“The family would like to thank the entire community for their support and prayers and would like to extend special thanks to the staff of Mercy Hospital, Whitehall Police and Fire Department and Medical Rescue Team South Ambulance.
“We would also ask that anyone who witnessed this accident please notify Whitehall Police Dept. We need our Anthony to come home to his brand new baby girl.”
Police released a picture of the red SUV, a Ford Explorer or Escape with possible damage to the driver’s side, which they believe was involved.
“Traffic on Route 51 at that time of day Monday morning, we only had one person that stopped and talked to the police and said that they witnessed it,” says Chief Dolfi. “We’re hoping that there’s more people out there.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Whitehall Police (412)-884-1100.