Names Released After Deadly Crash in Columbia County

News Partner WNEP CONYNGHAM TOWNSHIP, Pa. --  A man and woman were both killed in a crash on Route 42 in Columbia County, according to state police.

The one-vehicle wreck happened after 9 a.m. Wednesday on Route 42 in Conyngham Township, near Aristes.

State police say John Dito from Shenandoah was driving the pickup when he lost control, flipping the pickup. He was thrown from the truck and killed.

His passenger, Kerri Ann Cooper, also died in the crash.

Crews spent the early afternoon removing the truck that was involved in a deadly crash less than 15 miles from Bloomsburg.

The black truck lay almost 400 feet from where police say the driver lost control.

Jerome Schmoltz lives in nearby Ashland and often travels along that stretch of road.

"I have been going up there for years and I have never had any problems. You just have to drive the speed limit," Schmoltz said.

State police say Dito and Cooper were traveling north towards Bloomsburg when Dito lost control of the truck and rolled several times before both were thrown out.

Troopers say Dito and Cooper -- both 47 years old -- were killed on impact.

Those we spoke to say the road isn't dangerous if you're traveling the speed limit.

"Well, maybe on the terms if they are driving excessively, you know, high rates of speed could happen, but if you are traveling the with the right amount of speed, you should not have any problems with it," said Thomas Carl.

State police are still investigating what led to the deadly wreck.