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Infant, 2 adults seriously injured in collision

May 14, 2000|By DON AINES

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - Two adults and an infant were hospitalized with serious injuries and a Fulton County man was in jail following a collision between a pickup truck and a car Saturday night in Licking Creek Township, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

The driver of the car, Todd D. Hershey, 24, of 266 Country Lane, McConnellsburg, was listed in serious condition Sunday evening at Conemaugh Memorial Hospital in Johnstown, Pa. A passenger, Yolanda G. Oakman, 19, of 12077 Sipes Mill Road, Harrisonville, Pa., was in critical condition, according to a Conemaugh Hospital nursing supervisor.

A second passenger, 1-year-old Sidonna Oakman of Harrisonville, was taken to Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh, where a hospital official said she was in critical condition Sunday.

The driver of the pickup, Clint W. Lochte, 23, of 844 Taylor Road, Hustontown, Pa., was arraigned before District Justice Wendy Mellott on three felony counts of aggravated assault by motor vehicle and driving under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances, according to police. Fulton County has no prison and Lochte was jailed on $50,000 bond in Franklin County Prison.

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A prison officer said Lochte was still being held Sunday night.

The report said a 1974 Ford F-150 pickup was traveling east at high speed when the accident occurred at 10:55 p.m. on U.S. 30, police said.

As the pickup crested a hill it went out of control on a curve and skidded onto the shoulder and then back into the westbound lane, police said.

The 1989 Geo Metro carrying Hershey and the Oakmans collided with the passenger side of the pickup, police said. It's not known who was driving the car, police said.

The car came to rest on its left side in a yard next to the road. The pickup was upside down with its bed resting on the car, police said.

Hershey and Yolanda Oakman were not wearing seatbelts, but Sidonna Oakman was in a child safety seat, police said. All three were taken to Fulton County Medical Center in McConnellsburg by ambulances from the McConnellsburg and Hustontown volunteer fire companies before being flown by helicopter to the other hospitals.

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