Coroner: Plum man killed in Penn Township motorcycle crash

September 27, 2018

A Plum man died early Friday in a motorcycle crash along Route 130 in Penn Township when his motorcycle hit the guardrail and he was thrown from the vehicle, marking the fourth fatality on Westmoreland County roads in a week.

Ryan Joseph Winter, 29, of Albee Drive wrecked while traveling east on Route 130 at the intersection with Hillview Road just before 3 a.m., Deputy Coroner Sean Hribal said. Winter’s 2009 motorcycle went off the southeast edge of the road at a curve in the highway and hit the guardrail, he said.

Winter was pronounced dead at the scene at 3:55 a.m. He died of head injuries.

Winter was not wearing a helmet and speed is believed to be a factor in the crash, Hribal said. The victim was riding alone.

Toxicology tests are pending. Arrangements are being handled by Willig Funeral Home of McKeesport.

Three people were killed in as many crashes Saturday, Monday and Wednesday.

On Saturday, Thomas O. Poole II, 34, of Greensburg died after he lost control of his motorcycle on Lincoln Way in North Huntingdon.

Ronald C. Zubasic, 57, of Elizabeth was killed Monday on Route 31 in South Huntingdon, near Interstate 70. Investigators said his car left the road, hit a tree and overturned.

Speed likely played a role in both of those crashes, investigators said.

Marissa Bolish, 17, a Derry Area High School senior, died Wednesday when the car she was riding in reportedly swerved to miss a deer at 4:21 a.m. and struck a utility pole on Route 982 in Derry Township. The driver, Brandon Ritenour, 18, of Greensburg was hospitalized for non-life threatening injuries.

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