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Sat 8:55pm: 2 football players, Brookfield man killed in crash

November 9, 2013
The Associated Press , Tribune Chronicle |

SHARON, Pa. - A high school football player preparing for a playoff game lost control of his sports utility vehicle, leading to a head-on collision that left him, a teammate and the driver of the other car dead, and two of their teammates injured.

Sharon Police Chief Michael J. Menster said in a news release that Sharon High School player Corey Swartz, 18, was driving with three teammates when he crossed the median on a highway in Sharon and hit a truck head-on.

Also killed were Swartz's passenger, Evan Gill, 17, of Sharon, and the pickup driver, John Zdelar Jr., 50, of Brookfield.

The Sharon City School District's acting superintendent, Michael Calla, said speed may have been a factor. Sharon police said that investigators do not suspect that alcohol, drugs or texting were a factor in the crash.

Swartz and the other players had been watching another playoff game before the wreck occurred at about 10 p.m. on Friday. Twin brothers Craig and Greg Osmon, 17, of Sharon, were injured and required surgery, Menster's release said.

Sharon's playoff game against Girard (Pa.) set for today was postponed until Monday.



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