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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Alabama Man Jailed In Pennsylvania Crash That Claimed The Life Of Loretto Woman

   A Lauderdale County, Alabama man was jailed in the State of Pennsylvania Tuesday in connection with a crash that claimed the life of a Loretto resident.

   Dennis E. Brangard, Jr., 21, of Gibson Drive, Greenhill, was jailed under felony charges of homicide by vehicle as well as charges regarding an accident resulting in death or personal injury while not properly licensed. In addition, Brangard garnered citations charging him with driving without a license, speeding and careless driving.

   Pennsylvania authorities reported that the crash occurred at 12:13 p.m. Brangard was the driver of a 2005 Dodge Stratus in which his girlfriend Heather Peters, 37, also of Gibson Drive, was a passenger along with Landon Keeton, 18, of Shadowbrook Drive, Florence, and girlfriend Brenda Marie Carroll, 24, of Loretto.

While traveling eastbound on U.S. Highway 40, approximately three miles east of Brownsville, authorities report Brangard lost control of the vehicle on wet pavement, causing it to leave the roadway.

The vehicle reportedly struck a concrete post and fire hydrant, then become airborne, flipping multiple times before coming to rest several feet off the roadway.

   Carroll, who was said to have been ejected from the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene. Both she and Keeton were reportedly asleep in the back seat when the crash occurred.

   Brangard, Peters and Keeton were all transported to area hospitals. Brangard and Keeton were both treated and released. Peters has hospitalized for further treatment.

   Brangard is currently jailed at the Fayette County, Pennsylvania Prison. He was arraigned on Tuesday. A preliminary hearing in the matter is scheduled for Monday, April 18, 2011.


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