Fatal crash occurred on way to funeral

December 28, 2012

An 87-year-old man on his way to his son’s funeral was one of the three people killed in Northern Virginia in a crash Thursday night at the Springfield interchange.

Peter Stesney Jr. of Allentown, Pa, was driving a pickup truck that rear-ended a tractor-trailer about 7 p.m. on a ramp leading from the Capital Beltway to southbound Interstate 95, Virginia State Police said.

Also killed were his passengers, Bernice Supinski, 85, of Bath , Pa., and Laura Kordelski, 51, of Allentown. According to accounts from Pennsylvania news media and people who knew them, Supinski was Stesney’s sister, and Kordelski was his daughter.

“It’s a shame,” said Catherine Border, a friend of Supinski’s. “A real shame. She was a nice lady. Her whole family was nice.”

The Allentown Morning Call’s Web site said the three were going to Florida, where according to a family caregiver, Stesney’s son had died that morning.

“That’s terrible,” Border said of the crash. “To live a long life like that and then die so tragically.”

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