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Head-on crash kills four in Pennsylvania

LEVITTOWN, Pa. -- A head-on crash on Interstate 95 yesterday killed four people, including a father, mother, and one of their two daughters heading to a holiday gathering from their New Jersey home, authorities said.

A pickup headed north crossed the grass median and collided with a southbound minivan at about 7:20 a.m. near the Route 413 exit in Bristol Township, said Sergeant James P. Raykovitz of the State Police barracks in Trevose, Bucks County.

Anthony S. and Beverly J. Stassi, both 43, of Sparta, N.J., were killed along with their 10-year-old daughter. Their 12-year-old daughter was taken to Frankford-Torresdale Hospital in Philadelphia for examination and then released, Raykovitz said.

Also killed was the pickup's driver, Ronald A. Matecki, 26, of Fairless Hills, Pa.

The family was heading from their home to visit the children's grandparents in Alexandria, Va., Raykovitz said. Such a crash, he said, was ''tragic at any time of the year, let alone the holiday season."

Battered Christmas presents and ripped bags filled with clothes were visible on the southbound lanes of the highway, which were closed for hours as an accident reconstruction team investigated. Those lanes were later reopened.

The surviving child is with an aunt and uncle who live in the area, and a guardian was en route from Virginia, Raykovitz said.

All members of the family were wearing seat belts, authorities said. Speed may have been a factor in the accident. Raykovitz said police wanted to interview two witnesses again. Police are calling on anyone else who witnessed the crash to contact them.

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