Help comes for woman 15 hours after crash in Berks Co.

AMITY TOWNSHIP, Pa. - July 29, 2011

According to Amity Township Police Chief Kent A. Shuebrook, the woman is identified as 24-year-old Yesenia Washburn. She is currently listed in critical condition at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Investigators say the accident happened around midnight Thursday morning on the 300 block of East Ben Franklin Highway (east 422) in Birdsboro.

Mr. Kim Pecal, a resident that lives nearby the accident scene, reported hearing a loud noise around the time of the accident, but did not pay any mind.

"I heard the big bang," said Kim Pecal. "I came out, looked didn't see anything."

Hours later Pecal left for work but when he returned home in the afternoon he noticed a sign was missing from the highway and saw tire tracks on the grass. He decided to pull over and investigate.

"When I came home from work, I noticed the sign was wrecked. I peeked up and saw the car on its side," said Pecal.

At that point, he noticed a car about 120 feet into the woods partially on its roof on the driver side.

He then discovered 24 year old Yesenia Washburn, who police say was thrown 40 feet away from her vehicle.

Pecal had his wife call the police.

Authorities say she was conscious but not coherent. Pecal tried speaking to her.

"She was awake. I asked her if there was anyone else in the vehicle with her. She said no," explained Pecal.

Police received the call 2:46 p.m. - about 15 hours after they believe the accident happened.

Lt. Robert Kline, a local firefighter of the Monarch Fire Department, was first on the scene. Kline and Pecal were the ones who found the driver, later identified as Washburn, about 70 feet from her car. It is not clear if she was ejected from the car or if she climbed out of the car.

"The residents, who took time to come out investigated, the young woman should be very grateful to them," said Amity Police Chief Kent Shuebrook.

Hospital officials say Yesenia Washburn is in fair but stable condition.

She is still being treated and evaluated. Police say at this point they haven't been able to interview her, so there are still a lot of unanswered questions.

Police are continuing their investigation.

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