Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

Community News Network

November 11, 2013

Day before playoff game, 2 high school football players killed in crash

SHARON, Pa. — A day before they were to compete in a high school football playoff game, two Sharon High players were killed in a car crash that also left a third man dead.

The tragedy has been felt throughout this western Pennsylvania town, where community members gathered Sunday night for a vigil to remember those who were killed.

Police said Corey Swartz, 18, was driving with three teammates when he crossed the median on a four-lane road and hit a pickup truck head-on.

He was killed along with one of his passengers, 17-year-old Evan Gill, 17, and the pickup driver, John Zdelar Jr., 50, of Brookfield, Pa.

Twin brothers Craig and Greg Osmon, 17, also passengers in Swartz’s car, were injured and required surgery. Zdelar’s passengers – his 10-year-old stepson and another 12-year-old boy – were also injured.

The occupants of both vehicles had been spectators at two other playoff games before the wreck happened at about 10 p.m. Friday.

After the crash, Sharon High’s District 10 AA playoff game in Erie, Pa., was canceled Saturday night and moved to Monday.

At Sunday's vigil, the Rev. James A. Reardon, himself a former Sharon player, said Corey and Evan will "always be remembered as the heart and soul of the Sharon football team."

"I'm not going to sugar-coat any of this at all. It's going to hurt for some time," he said. "There's nothing in life that's easy. (These) accidental (deaths) Friday changed a lot of lives."

A day earlier, grief counselors and ministers met with Sharon players and coaches, band members and cheerleaders. Some arrived at the school Saturday for what they thought was the departure to Sharon's scheduled playoff game, having not heard about the accident.

"We wanted all the kids to get the accurate story," said Mike Calla, Sharon schools superintendent. "There was a lot of misinformation on social media."

Police are still investigating the cause of the crash, but they said alcohol, drugs and texting were not factors.

Details for this story were reported by The Sharon (Pa.) Herald.

1
Text Only
Community News Network
  • American sunscreens need an upgrade

    The last time a new sunscreen ingredient came on the U.S. market, the Y2K bug was threatening to destroy our way of life. Intel had just introduced the Pentium III processor, featuring an amazing 500 MHz of computing power.

    April 24, 2014

  • 20140424-AMX-COFFEE24.jpg Coffee growers' prayers for rain met with threat of deluge

    Brazil's drought made arabica coffee this year's best-performing commodity. Now, farmers are facing a downpour that is once more threatening crops.

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Celebrity quack moms are a terrible influence on everyday parents

    On April 15, the actress Alicia Silverstone released a book called "The Kind Mama: A Simple Guide to Supercharged Fertility, a Radiant Pregnancy, a Sweeter Birth, and a Healthier, More Beautiful Beginning." It's chock-full of attachment parenting lessons and dangerous misinformation.

    April 24, 2014

  • Affirmative action ruling challenges colleges seeking diversity

    The U.S. Supreme Court's support of Michigan's ban on race-based affirmative action in university admissions may spur colleges to find new ways to achieve diversity without using racial preferences.

    April 23, 2014

  • A 'wearable robot' helps her walk again

    Science is about facts, numbers, laws and formulas. To be really good at it, you need to spend a lot of time in school. But science is also about something more: dreaming big and helping people.

    April 23, 2014

  • Cuba is running out of condoms

    The newest item on Cuba's list of dwindling commodities is condoms, which are now reportedly in short supply. In response, the Cuban government has approved the sale of expired condoms.

    April 23, 2014

  • The waffle taco's biggest enemy isn't McDonald's. It's consumer habits.

    Gesturing to Taco Bell, Thompson said McDonald's had "not seen an impact relative to the most recent competitor that entered the [breakfast] space," and that new competition would only make McDonald's pursue breakfast more aggressively.

    April 23, 2014

  • Screen Shot 2014-04-22 at 4.42.47 PM.png VIDEO: Leopard attacks crowd in India

    A leopard caused panic in the city of Chandrapur when it sprung from the roof of a house and charged at rescue workers.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • The top 12 government programs ever

    Which federal programs and policies succeed in being cost-effective and targeting those who need them most? These two tests are obvious: After all, why would we spend taxpayers' money on a program that isn't worth what it costs or helps those who do not need help?

    April 22, 2014

  • In cuffs... 'Warlock' in West Virginia accused of sexual assault

    Police in West Virginia say a man claiming to be a “warlock” used promises of magical spells to lure children into committing sexual acts with him.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

Business Marquee

e-Edition
  • How You Want It When You Want It Today's Pauls Valley Democrat

    Now you can view and download the Democrat right to your desktop on the day the paper is published. Click here to get more information on the Democrat's e-Edition.

     

    CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE E-EDITION SITE

     

    ATTENTION CURRENT DEMOCRAT SUBSCRIBERS TO START an e-EDITION

    e-mail request to sjohnson@pvdemocrat.com

    April 20, 2011 1 Photo 1 Link

AP Video
Stocks
Facebook