The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

November 9, 2013

Police: Alcohol, texting not factors in fatal crash

By Melissa Klaric
Herald Staff Writer

SHARON — Police said alcohol, drugs and texting were not factors in the head-on collision that killed two Sharon High School football players and a Brookfield man Friday night on Connelly Boulevard, just west of the Oakland Avenue viaduct. Four other youths were injured.

Those who lost their lives were Corey Swartz, 18, Evan Gill, 17, and John Zdelar, 50, of Brookfield, police said. Swartz, the driver of an SUV, and Gill, a passenger in the SUV, were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident that happened shortly after 10 p.m.

Zdelar, the driver of a pickup with two boys as passengers, was taken to the emergency room of Sharon Regional Health System and was pronounced dead at 10:52 p.m. by Mercer County Coroner J. Bradley McGonigle III.

The cause of all three deaths was blunt force trauma and ruled accidental, McGonigle said.

Two other 17-year-old Sharon football players were in the SUV, twins Greg and Craig Osmon, one in the front passenger seat and the other seated in the back with Gill, police said. The two boys in the pickup were Zdelar’s stepson, Evan Wallace, 10, and their neighbor, Blake Yendrek, 12, both students at Brookfield Middle School, police said.