BEN AVON (KDKA) – Police are investigating after an early Wednesday morning accident that left two people dead and two others injured.

According to police, the accident happened on Ohio River Boulevard in Ben Avon around 2:30 a.m. near Brighton Road.

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Three people were in a car traveling north on Route 65, when it crossed the center line and was t-boned by another vehicle.

A man was the only occupant of the second vehicle and he was taken to the hospital in serious condition.

The driver and front seat passenger of the first vehicle were killed on impact. The victims have been identified as 19-year-old David Mooney and 22-year-old Christopher Lantzy, both of New Brighton were killed in the accident.

A female in the back seat was taken to the hospital in serious condition.

“Actually, before we even got the call, one of my officers heard the impact. It was just from what I can see, a direct impact. We’re not seeing any skidding. It looks like the one crossed over and there was direct impact,” Ohio Township Police Chief Norbert Micklos said.

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While Ohio Township Police could not say for certain, they’re looking at speed playing a potential role.  Nearby, Bellevue police may have seen the vehicle minutes before the crash.

“He believes he saw that same vehicle traveling down 65 and their town was unable to catch up with them.  Came through 65 at a high rate of speed.  He believes it was the same vehicle but was never able to catch up to it,” Ohio Township Police Corporal Don Manz said.

Meanwhile, Mooney’s death ends an eight-month investigation by New Brighton Police.

They say De’Andre Moon, a star running back at Rochester High School, was shot and killed last year on a house boat owned by Mooney.

He claimed to police that the shooting was in self-defense.


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