Six Die In Labor Day Weekend Crash Near Kane

September 3, 2013
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Six people died and two others were seriously injured in the most-deadly of all of the traffic crashes recorded in the state over the Labor Day weekend.

Sources from the Kane area indicate that two children from Kane and four adults from St. Marys died late Saturday afternoon when an S-U-V crossed the center line of Route 219 in Hamlin Township, and slammed head-on into a car.

Among the fatalities, 12 year-old Olivia Douglas and 8 year-old Jarrett Costanzo had been passenger in the S-U-V.  62 year-old Gary Beimel, his wife, 55 year-old Elaine Beimel, 54 year-old David Cuneo and 81 year-old Florence Donachy all died in the wreckage of the passenger car.

Accident investigators say the driver of the S-U-V, identified as 36 year-old Kathy Douglas, from Kane, and a 10 year-old boy are in serious condition.  Police did not immediately release the identity of the injured boy, but sources close to the family told reporters he is Douglas’s son.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.  Sources say Route 219 was closed for about six hours after the crash.

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