HORTON TWP. – The Ridgway-based state police report responding to a two-vehicle crash that resulted in a fatality at 10:47 a.m. on Feb. 28 on SR 153, 246 feet south of an unnamed street in Horton Township. Desiree M. Smith, 26, of Falls Creek, was killed as a result of the crash.
According to police, the collision occurred as a 2000 Mazda 626 operated by Deidre M. Butler, 25, of Brockway, was traveling north on SR 153 and a 2011 Subaru Outback operated by Linda C. Jensen, 61, of Warren, was traveling south on SR 153. The Butler's Mazda entered the southbound lane of SR 153, its front end struck the guide rail on the west side of the roadway, and then the vehicle went into the path of Jensen's Subaru. The Subaru's front end struck the rear passenger side of the Mazda and Butler was ejected from the vehicle while her passenger, Smith, was partially ejected. Both Jensen and Smith were wearing seat belts, while Butler was not. Both Butler and Jensen were transported to the DuBois Regional Medical Center and then Butler was transported to Altoona Hospital. Butler reportedly sustained major injuries, while Jensen sustained minor injuries. Smith succumbed to injuries suffered in the crash.