Sugarcreek Police were dispatched to a motor vehicle accident in the 1200 block of Rocky Grove Ave. on Wednesday July 18, 2018 at 3:40 pm for a reported vehicle into a residence with the natural gas line sheared off and actively leaking.
Investigation shows that vehicle driven by Zachary Vath, 29 of Oil City, was traveling north on Rocky Grove Ave in a GMC Envoy. Vath for unknown reasons failed to negotiate a right curve and traveled across the south bound land and left the roadway.
The vehicle continued through a yard and grazed a utility pole on the driver side of the vehicle. As the vehicle continued through the yard it traveled over a slightly raised driveway causing the vehicle to go airborne ultimately striking the residence and going through an exterior wall.
An 11 year old male was not feeling well and sleeping on a couch in the living room area against the west wall.
As the vehicle entered the residence the end of the couch was struck and pushed by the vehicle into the north wall and flipped. The 11 year old was under the couch after impact.
Vath observed the child who was conscious and moving and due to the gas leak and unknown situation with his vehicle grabbed the child and exited the residence.
The child was transported from the scene by Community Ambulance to Rocky Grove Vol Fire Dept where he was air lifted to Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh with unknown injuries.
Vath was transported from the scene by Community Ambulance to Grove City Medical Center for unknown injuries and later released.
Drugs and alcohol are not suspected to be a factor in the accident, nor is speed. A witness following Vath stated there was no improper driving observed prior to the accident and they were traveling at 40 mph when the vehicle left the roadway. The driver reported to have either fallen asleep momentarily or blacked out just prior to leaving the roadway.
Assisting at the scene was Rocky Grove Vol Fire Dept, Reno Vol Fire Dept, Venango County Sheriffs Dept, Community Ambulance, National Fuel, Lowry Auto Body as well as other members from other fire departments that stopped to assist.
Charges are pending final investigation report.
Officer spoke with mother of the boy this morning (7/20/18) at 9:40 a.m. and with her permission officer can update on his condition. They are still in Children’s Hospital and he is expected to be released today. Mother states that his injuries included multiple stitches, a concussion, a lot of bruising, small burn areas and is super stiff and still in some pain.