An accident on East Lake Road, between the intersections of Cemetery and North Brickyard roads, claimed the life of one man and injured two others on Monday, June 10.

The crash happened at about 5:14 p.m. 

Erie County Coroner Lyell Cook pronounced Michael G. McCumber, 46, of North East, dead at the scene. 

According to Pennsylvania State Police, McCumber was not wearing his seatbelt. 

The accident occurred as McCumber was driving his 2019 Dodge Challenger west on East Lake Road. 

Erie County Coroner Lyell Cook said he believes the rainstorm was a factor in the accident.  

McCumber had lost control of his vehicle on the wet roadway and began to swerve into oncoming traffic. 

“It appears he could have hydroplaned,” Cook said. 

Two other vehicles were involved in the accident. 

A 2004 Buick LeSabre driven by Eugene T. Przybyciel, 66, of Ripley, N.Y., was traveling east on East Lake Road. David C. Przybyciel, 31, of Erie, was a passenger in the vehicle. 

According to the police report, Przybyciel saw McCumber’s car spin out of control. The vehicles collided in the eastbound lane.

The collision caused Przybyciel’s car to spin off the south side of the road. McCumber’s vehicle continued spinning.

Behind Przybyciel was Christa M. Smith, 19, of North East, who was also driving east. 

Smith was driving a 2014 Ford Explorer and attempted to swerve right, and out of the way of the collision, but could not. 

The front end of Smith’s car struck the driver’s side of McCumber’s vehicle in the eastbound lane. 

Smith’s car then spun south off the roadway and into a nearby vineyard. 

McCumber’s vehicle continued to spin and came to a rest on the south side of the road. At which point, he was ejected from the vehicle where he suffered fatal injuries. 

Cook said McCumber was killed instantly.

“I’ve ruled the cause of death as accidental, caused by multiple blunt force trauma from the accident,” he said. 

Smith and Eugene Przybyciel were also injured and transported to UPMC Hamot by Crescent Hose Co. 

Following the accident, a stretch of East Lake Road was closed to traffic for several hours. Local fire police crews were on the scene until 9 p.m.

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