Teen Gets Jail Time for Crash That Killed Two

South Fayette teenager Stormy Lynn Hunter pleaded guilty in Washington County Court Monday.

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.

Those charges included two counts each of homicide by vehicle and aggravated assault, as well as one count of DUI as a minor.

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.

harpo July 19, 2012 at 01:25 PM
Ken, stop blaming the victims. seatbelts would not have saved them. the front of the car was destroyed.
cait August 08, 2012 at 04:58 AM
No one ever should drive drunk there is absolutely no excuse for that. That's what cabs, friends, walking is for. All she had to do is stay at a friends house. Driving drunk is an incredibly selfish mistake. If you ever worked at a hospital ER or trauma center and saw the repetitive drunk drivers hurting people I don't think you'd have this opinion. Drunk driving isn't just something we should accept saying "everybody is doing it" Do i know someone who drove drunk ... probably does that mean I feel its the same as any other mistake no. I saw a friend of a friend try to drive drunk once. I told her if she didnt' get out of the car I'd call the cops. Its unacceptable.
jimmy vanderlee October 24, 2012 at 03:30 AM
she had no reason driving 90 mph.... reguardless she killed 2 people. she had alcohol in her system it dont matter she killed innocent people. i mean ur blaming the old couple for not wearing their seatbelt hunter should not have been driving wrecklessly. 90 mph is wreckless and she is paying for it!!!
jimmy vanderlee October 24, 2012 at 03:33 AM
the point is she was driving 90 mph no reason for that. she killed 2 innocent people reguardless if the had their seatbelt on or not. she had alcohol in her system!!! she was driving wrecklessly and 90 mph is wreckless. it dont matter what kind of person she is. she had no right behind a wheel after drinking
Jay Jimmy December 26, 2012 at 11:42 AM
2 Lessons Learned: 1. Never drink and drive 2. Always wear your seatbelt


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