EL family injured in Route 7 accident

ROGERS – Four people remain hospitalized following a two-vehicle accident Saturday night on state Route 7 north of Rogers.

The four – a couple from East Liverpool and their two young daughters – were in an SUV that collided with a pickup truck at the intersection of Riffle Road at about 9 p.m.

According to highway patrol trooper Neil Everett, a 1999 Dodge Dakota pickup driven by Joseph Pahanish, 20, of Salineville, was eastbound on Riffle Road.

The crest of a hill is about 100 feet from the intersection with Route 7. The truck came over that hill but could not get stopped in time.

Pahanish reportedly slammed on the brakes but the truck slid into the intersection and into the path of a 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander driven by Kristen Huff, 36, of East Liverpool. The two collided nearly head-on.

Huff, her husband Erik, 39, and their two daughters, 5-year-old Kameryn and 3-year-old Paisley, were taken by Negley Fire/EMS ambulances to St. Elizabeth’s in Youngstown.

Pahanish, who seemed more shaken than hurt, was taken to East Liverpool City Hospital by New Waterford Fire/EMS.

Pahanish will be cited for failure to yield, trooper Everett said.