A South Fayette teenager charged in connection to a February 2011 double-fatal crash in North Strabane Township pleaded guilty Monday in Washington County Court—and faces a maximum jail sentence of seven years.
A court clerk confirmed that Stormy Lynn Hunter, 19, appeared before President Judge Debbie O’Dell Seneca’s to plead guilty to numerous charges, leading to the jail sentence.
She was listed as an inmate in the Washington County Jail as of Monday afternoon.
State police have said Hunter’s blood-alcohol level was .064 when the vehicle she was driving on Interstate 79 near the Houston exit crashed into one operated by Nickolas Mercolini. The legal limit for drivers under the age of 21 is .02.
According to the criminal complaint, Mercolini was traveling in the right lane when his vehicle was struck in the rear by one driven by Hunter.
Nickolas Mercolini, 65, and Alex Mercolini Jr., 78, both of Pittsburgh, were ejected from the vehicle. They were pronounced dead at the scene. Two other passengers in the vehicle—Catherine Mercolini, 57, and Linda Mercolini, 64, were flown to Allegheny General and Mercy Hospital for treatment.
Hunter had told state troopers at the scene that she and a passenger were on their way home from a party in West Virginia and that she wasn’t paying attention when the other car drifted into her lane and the crash happened. Hunter also told state troopers that she “slammed on the brakes in an attempt to avoid the crash," according to the complaint.