The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

April 19, 2013

Drivers charged with DUI after investigation


NEW WILMINGTON — Both drivers in an October road-rage crash in New Wilmington are facing charges, including a 19-year-old Mercer woman who was seriously injured and remains in a long-term medical care facility, according to police.

After reconstructing the accident, investigators determined Sean K. Catterson, 21, Frederick, Md., who was traveling behind Megan E. Roddy, 19, of Mercer, crashed into the driver’s side of Roddy’s car as she was trying to turn left into a driveway along the 300 block of East Neshannock Avenue. The accident occurred at 1:25 a.m.

Roddy, the only person in her car, suffered serious head injuries, according to police. She was flown to St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Youngstown, and has since been transferred to a rehabilitation facility in Pittsburgh.

Catterson, and a passenger in his 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee, Brandon A. Ferrari, 20, of New Wilmington, were not injured.

Police said road rage, speeding and alcohol contributed to the crash.

Catterson was charged Monday with driving under the influence, aggravated assault by vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, open container law violations, lane violations and reckless driving. He was arraigned before District Judge Scott McGrath on Tuesday and was released on a $10,000 bond.

Roddy was also charged Monday with driving under the influence, consuming alcohol as a minor and possession of drug paraphernalia. She will also have a preliminary hearing at a later date in Lawrence County Central Court, New Castle.