Police Release Names of Two Teens, 50-Year-Old Man Killed in Sharon Crash

| November 9, 2013

MERCER COUNTY, Pa. – Police have released the names of the three people killed in a head-on collision that occurred around 10:00 last night along the Shenango Valley Freeway, in Sharon, Mercer County.

According to a published article in wkbn.com, a silver Mazda SUV crossed the median and struck a black Chevy Silverado pickup truck.

Sources say 50-year-old John Zdelar, Jr. of Brookfield, the driver of the Chevy pickup was taken to Sharon Regional Health System where he was pronounced dead.

Two passengers in the pickup, both age 10, were injured. One of the passengers was taken to Sharon Regional Health System and released this morning; the other one was flown to UPMC Children’s Hospital, according to sources.

Two individuals in the SUV, Sharon High School football players, Corey Swartz, 18, and Evan Gill, 17, died in the crash, sources say.

Twin brothers Greg and Craig Osmon were injured.

The students were returning from a playoff game at Hickory High School, according to sources.

Both deceased football players were seniors. A District 10 class AA playoff game scheduled for 1:00 p.m. today in Erie was cancelled because of the deaths.

Just hours after the accident, Pete Iacino, president of the PIAA District 10 committee, sent out this statement:

“Because of this very tragic accident, the Sharon – Girard, PA playoff game scheduled for Saturday has been cancelled. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those killed and injured and with the entire Sharon High School community.”

Police, firefighters, and emergency rescue personnel from Sharon, Farrell, Brookfield, and Greenville, and four Stat MedEvac helicopters assisted at the scene.

The accident is still under investigation.

Source: wkbn.com


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