PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The driver injured when his vehicle crashed on a wooded hillside in Westmoreland County on Monday has been declared brain dead.

Judson Shiffler, 18, of Irwin, remains on life support at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital.

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On Monday morning, Shiffler’s car went off the road on Route 136 in Hempfield Township and careened up a hillside and into the trees.

It’s unclear what caused the teenager to crash, whether it was a medical emergency, drowsy driving or some other factor.

Emergency responders said he was in critical condition when he was transported from the scene in critical condition.

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They said they had to use a ladder and the jaws of life to get Shiffler out of the car.

Shiffler was a senior at Hempfield High School where he was the captain of the swim team.

The crash remains under investigation.

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