Mercer County, Pa. – To save a life, a teen-age pedestrian died after he tried to rescue a much younger boy at an accident believed to be a case of DUI that occurred along Old Ash Rd, in Springfield Twp, Mercer County.

According to the police, Austin Rife, age 15, was hit by a vehicle driven by operator, Brittany Raskowsky, age 25. At about11:45 o’clock in the evening on August 8, Raskowsky was driving along Old Ash Rd. and veered off towards the side of road.

The vehicle ran at about 240 feet over a field before it hit Austin Rife and his mother, Stephani Rife, age 37, who were part of group fishing along the bank of a farm pond.

Both victims are delivered to a Medical Center of groove City where individuals were taken to Grove City Medical Center. The mother sustained moderate injuries while her son suffering critical injuries died at 4:00 o’clock that morning.

The coroner of Mercer County said that the death of Rife was due to head and chest blunt-force traumas.

Witnesses saw that Austin Rife pushed the 6-year-old Logan Thompson out of the way as he was trying to save the boy from the oncoming vehicle.

Authorities reported that they arrested Raskowsky on suspicion of driving under the influence but was later released to family.

Police said that they are conducting an ongoing as additional charges will be filed against Raskowsky.

Police confirmed that a pickup, driven by Brittany Raskowsky veered off Old Ash Rd. in Springfield Twp and traveled a distance of about 80 yards passing through a field before it struck Austin Rife and his mother, Stephanie Rife, who were fishing with friends at a farm pond at about 11:45 o’clock on August 8.

Friend of the family, Doug Reiber said that when Austin Rife saw the approaching truck, he grabbed the younger boy and pushed him out of the way so he was not injured.

According to Pennsylvania State Police in Mercer, Austin Rife, 15, and Stephani Rife, 37, of Kettering, Ohio were fishing along the shoreline of a farm pond on Old Ash Road in Mercer County just before midnight Thursday when they were struck.

A police report stated that Brittany Raskowsky, age 25, resident of Grange Hall Road in New Castle was driving a Ford F-150 1996 pickup truck going south along Springfield Twp Road when she veered off the road and traveled through a field until she struck two victims.

Mother Stephani Rife was treated at the medical Center of Grove City for non-life threatening injuries but her son, Austin Rife died from critical injuries sustained in the accident.

Raskowsky was picked up for DUI but later released under family supervision. Additional charges are to be filed later.

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