Man dies after tree falls on cars in Upper St. Clair

Police say a man died after a tree fell on two cars waiting at a traffic light in Upper St. Clair on Tuesday night as heavy storms rolled through the Pittsburgh area. Watch the breaking news story in the video player above. The incident happened at the intersection of McMurray and Bethel Church Roads around 6 p.m. Police say two people were inside a car and six people were inside the another car. A woman in that same car escaped unscathed, along with a family of six in the car next to it. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette released a statement on Wednesday saying the victim was longtime Post-Gazette employee Stephen A. Stasenko Jr. Read the full statement below. “We are deeply saddened by the loss of our long-time employee, Stephen A. Stasenko Jr. Steve was a well-known presence in the press and Post-Gazette for nearly 47 years. Our hearts go out to his family, his colleagues here at the Post-Gazette and all who knew him, he will be missed and remembered fondly.Tracey DeAngelo, president and CEO of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, said.Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 s’ spoke briefly with the Stasenko family, who declined to comment on camera, but said Stasenko was a loving, hardworking husband and father of two St. Clair Police Officer Justin Abbott , said an officer arrived on the scene within minutes David Dedes and Matthew Gaither were at work in front of the traffic light when the tree fell from the car either, we just heard the boom “, said Dedes. “I just think it’s extremely sad because you never want to see this happen to anyone,” Gaither said.

Police say a man died after a tree fell on two cars waiting at a traffic light in Upper St. Clair on Tuesday night as heavy storms rolled through the Pittsburgh area.

Watch the breaking news report in the video player above.

The incident happened at the intersection of McMurray and Bethel Church Roads around 6 p.m.

Police said two people were inside one car and six people were inside the other car.

Police say a man was pulled from a car and rushed to an area hospital where he later died. A woman in that same car escaped unscathed, along with a family of six in the car next to it.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette released a statement Wednesday saying the victim was longtime Post-Gazette employee Stephen A. Stasenko Jr. Read the full statement below.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of our long-time employee, Stephen A. Stasenko Jr. Steve was a well-known presence in the press and Post-Gazette for nearly 47 years. Our hearts go out to his family, his colleagues here at the Post-Gazette and all who knew him, he will be missed and remembered fondly, Tracey DeAngelo, President and CEO of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette said.

Stephen A. Stasenko Jr.


Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 spoke briefly with the Stasenko family, who declined to comment on camera but said Stasenko is a loving, hardworking husband and father of two.

Upper St. Clair Police Constable Justin Abbott said an officer was on the scene within minutes.

David Dedes and Matthew Gaither were at work in front of the fire when the tree fell.

“It was crazy because we didn’t see anyone get out of the car either, we just heard the boom,” Dedes said.

“I just think it’s extremely sad because you never want to see this happen to anyone,” Gaither said.