NANTY GLO —
A Nanty Glo teen was killed and another injured Wednesday morning in a one-vehicle accident in Blacklick Township.
The crash was reported at 7:30 a.m. at Cardiff and Allie Buck roads.
According to Dennis Kwiatkowski, Cambria County coroner, Derek Thomas Brothers was driving the vehicle when it left the road and overturned.
The 17-year-old Central Cambria High School senior was not wearing a seat belt, police said. He was ejected and later pronounced dead at the scene by Dr. Scott Magley.
His passenger, Tyler Gerber, 19, of Ebensburg, was also not wearing and suffered injuries including a broken pelvis. He was taken by ambulance to Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown and was in fair condition Wednesday night.
Counselors were on hand at Central Cambria and at Blacklick Valley High School, which Brothers had previously attended.
“Our thoughts go out to the family,” Blacklick Valley Superintendent John Mastillo said. “Our major concern at this time is making sure the needs of the community and our students are being addressed.
“He had a lot of friends here. It’s impacting the community.”
Kimberly McDermott, Central Cambria High School principal, extended her sympathy to Brothers’ family.
“I think one of our teachers said it best: ‘He was a very likeable, funny person who would do anything for anyone.’
“The students were deeply affected by this loss,” McDermott said.
State police said the driver was westbound on Allie Buck Road when the vehicle went out of control for an unknown reason.
The vehicle left the roadway and traveled along the north berm before crossing back over the roadway. The vehicle then traveled along the south berm before crossing Cardiff Road, police said.
The vehicle then struck an embankment along the west side of Cardiff Road and rolled over, police said.
Gerber, who also was not wearing a seat belt, was entrapped in the vehicle and had to be extricated, police said.
Police report the car was a 2000 Pontiac Grand Am.
Brothers is survived by his parents, James and Beth Ann Brothers; a brother, James Jr.; a sister, Taylor; grandparents and numerous other relatives and friends.
He was on the Vikings football team last year and was looking forward to playing with the Central Cambria team this year.
He was a member of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Nanty Glo.
The Bowser-Ondrizek Funeral Home in Nanty Glo is in charge of arrangements.
State police are investigating the wreck.