Fatal crash after car speeds off

September 15, 2008 4:03:00 AM PDT
Pennsylvania State Police are investigating a fatal accident in Montgomery County as a result of a police pursuit.The Toyota Corolla veered of 422, into a grassy embankment then flipped several times, ejecting the driver and her two dogs.

"It's pretty horrific. It's a senseless death; obviously, she could have stopped. She could have worn her seatbelt. I think even if she wore her seatbelt, she might have survived the crash like that," Captain David Young said.

Young says the chase began when the woman, identified as 57-year-old Barbara Hersch of Shillington, was clocked going 70 miles per hour on Route 422.

A state trooper turned on his lights and sirens, but Hersch allegedly sped up.

Police say Hersch has a history of eluding police. Her license had been suspended but this time the consequences were far worse.

The trooper involved is taking the fatal accident hard.

"He's obviously shaken up. Nobody likes to get involved in a situation that doesn't end up the way you anticipated," Captain Young said.

The two dogs in the vehicle were taken to a local animal hospital. Their conditions are not known.

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