By Trina Orlando

DERRY TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — The owner of a popular Westmoreland County restaurant was killed in a car crash.

David Kadagishvili, 50, was driving on Route 217 north of Chestnut Ridge Road in Derry Township Wednesday afternoon when he crossed the center line in snowy conditions and was t-boned by another vehicle.

Kadagishvili was known to most in Westmoreland County as Chef Dato and owned the restaurant, Chef Dato’s Table in Derry Township.

“Chef Dato had a zest for life and he was one of those people that when he saw you, when he came into a room, you knew he was there and he made sure he made everybody feel good,” Mark Parker, president of Greensburg Rotary, said.

He was pronounced dead at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. According to the Westmoreland County Coroner, Kadagishvili died of blunt force trauma of the chest and abdomen.

He leaves behind a wife and three young children.

“He’s going to be sorely missed – not only by me personally, but by the people that loved him in this area,” Westmoreland County Commissioner Chuck Anderson said.