A young staffer for a new state Senator died in a car crash Friday.
Brian Swatt, 21, of Lackawanna County was killed in a crash in East Franklin Township, Armstrong County, near the intersection of Route 268 and Butler Road.
Police say Swatt failed to stop at a stop sign and drove his car over an embankment. Authorities believe the crash happened Friday morning, but Swatt wasn’t discovered until Saturday.
Swatt was a staff member for Joe Pittman, the former chief deputy to state Sen. Don White and current senator-elect to replace White in the 41st District. The district includes most of eastern Butler County.
Swatt was also a student at IUP.
The Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education Board of Governors released a statement:
“Brian led with integrity and intelligence, and we are grateful to have had him serve on the Board of Governors. He will be missed terribly. This loss is felt by everyone at the State System of Higher Education, and our hearts and prayers are with the Swatt Family and the entire Indiana University of Pennsylvania community.”