Man, Girl Both in Comas After Brownsville-Route 51 Crash

A 17-year-old Whitehall girl was hit while jogging near PNC Bank.

A male driver and a 17-year-old female pedestrian were both taken to UPMC Mercy Hospital in serious condition after they were injured in a traffic collision at the Route 51-Brownsville Road intersection in Brentwood Borough on Saturday.

Brentwood police Chief Robert Butelli said on Tuesday that the last update that he received on the driver and pedestrian's conditions was that both are in comas.

The crash happened at around 8:20 a.m., Chief Butelli said, when Laurence McGaffin, of Stilley Road in , struck the 17-year-old jogger from Prospect Road in Whitehall as she was standing on or near a street island close to the intersection's PNC Bank.

Butelli said that it is not known whether the girl was actually on the island when she was hit, as no witnesses have come forward with additional information. And neither the driver nor the girl are able to talk about the crash.

Brentwood police are working with the Allegheny County Police Department to reconstruct the traffic scene. Their goal is to learn more about the incident and how McGaffin's vehicle came into contact with the girl before careening across Route 51 and into a utility pole and guardrail along the southbound lane near the Greater Beneficial Union building.

Butelli said that some of McGaffin's injuries may have happened before the actual crash—perhaps a stroke or something similar while he was driving. Butelli estimated McGaffin's age as mid-to-late 50s.

The girl was injured during the crash.

Crews from Brentwood Emergency Medical Service transported both of them to Mercy Hospital.

UPDATE: On Friday, June 22, a spokesperson from Mercy called McGaffin's condition "critical." No update on the girl's condition is available, as she is a minor.


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MamaBear June 21, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Of course the article is full of specualtion both parties involved are in a coma, they cant give anyone a description of what happened. And as far as too much persoal information... that is exactly how all media outlets handle the news, have you never watched the TV. The most impartant thing here is that both individuals are alive and fighting. We need to keep them both in our prayers...
Country000 June 22, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Sad thing is......many people drove by without helping. Only one family stopped to help. No witnesses have come forward. This young girl is a family friend and it's a dn shame that the local news media won't get involved and ask for people to come forward.
Robert Edward Healy, III June 22, 2012 at 08:56 PM
We've learned from UPMC Mercy Hospital that Laurence McGaffin is still in critical condition.
Kara June 28, 2012 at 02:03 PM
Same here, I know the poor girl and her family. Right now she is suffering greatly from numerous injuries and this story was never once picked up on local news stations. Especially when eye witness accounts can be so helpful when handling injuries!
Robert Edward Healy, III October 16, 2012 at 02:49 PM
If you hadn't seen this video update yet: http://patch.com/A-yFfq.


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