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Fairview Team Mourns Player

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The Fairview School District, especially the football team, is mourning the loss of a student killed in a traffic accident over the weekend.  It happened just as the school year ended and summer vacation began. Jason Hunter, 17-years-old, would have been heading into his senior year this fall and into a starting position on the Fairview Tigers football team.  Instead, he lost his life in a two car accident about 11:00 Saturday night.

Millcreek police officers are investigating the accident to determine what caused Hunter's car to cross the center line on West 12th Street, just east of Asbury Road and hit a westbound van head on. Both drivers were trapped in the wreckage.  The female driver of the van, also a teen, suffered a broken leg.  Rescuers rushed Hunter was rushed to the UPMC Hamot Trauma Center, but he could not survive the multiple blunt force trauma he suffered in the impact.

 Kristin Chandler, a close family friend, says after dropping off his girl friend, Jason Hunter was on the way to check on his grandparent's dogs.  "Because he had made a promise to take care of their dogs while they were camping," said Chandler, "so he went ahead and went over into Millcreek to try to get the dogs and unfortunately the crash occurred at that time."  Chandler called Hunter a "wonderful kid, always willing to help, he was a very hard working young man, his personality was sparkling, he was the kind of kid that was friendly and outgoing."

Jim Brinling, Fairview head football coach said Jason had earned a starting position on the football team for the upcoming season, which would have been his senior year.  "He's been in our football program since he was in 7th grade, really is a hard worker...one of those kids who has some natural ability but through his effort made himself a very fine football player and this was going to be his year to be a two way starter...so he'll be missed," said Coach Brinling.

Fairview coaches got the players together to talk about the loss Sunday night. They opened the weight room and field on Monday, so the team could be together.   Jason has a younger brother, John, also on the football team.  "We're gonna mentor John," said Coach Brinling. "He now has a teamful of big brothers looking out for him."

Friends and family have started the Jason Hunter/Komisarski Memorial Fund to help the family with funeral expenses.  You can make donations at any PNC Bank branch.

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