Warren teenager killed in Saturday night accident

A Warren teenager was killed in a motorcycle-car collision on Route 6 in Union Township, Erie County, late Saturday night.

According to Corry-based state police, Paula Southwell, 18, Warren, was eastbound on Route 6 at 11:20 p.m. on a 1991 Honda Night Hawk motorcycle between Lyons and Tarbell roads, and was following two vehicles.

Police said Southwell, who was a senior at Warren Area High School, crossed into the westbound lane to pass the two vehicles a 1997 Ford Crown Victoria operated by Randy Zaffino, 55, Ludlow, and a 2009 Dodge Journey operated by Denise Smith, 38, Corry, and collided head-on with a westbound 2008 Toyota Matrix operated by Sebastian Gilley, 20, Cambridge Springs.

Southwell, who was wearing a helmet, was ejected from the motorcycle, according to police. She was pronounced dead at the scene by the Erie County Coroner.

After Gilley’s vehicle struck the motorcycle, police said, it swerved into the eastbound lane, struck the driver’s side of Smith’s vehicle, spun approximately 360 degrees and came to rest in the center of the roadway.

Gilley and his passenger, Joshua Geer, 20, Union City, sustained minor injuries.

Zaffino and his passenger, Laura Streich, 52, Ludlow, were not injured.

Smith was not injured.

State police were assisted at the scene by volunteer firefighters from Elgin Beaver Dam, Union City and Corry, Warren Emergycare and Corry Ambulance.