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Woman killed in car accident

March 12, 1999|By JULIE E. GREENE

A Hagerstown woman died Friday night after her car was struck by another, forcing it off the road and into two parked cars, according to Hagerstown City Police and a witness.

The accident occurred around 8:30 p.m. on West Franklin Street near Winter Street.

The identity of the woman was not released as of press time, pending notification of her family.

The woman was pronounced dead at Washington County Hospital, said Sgt. Jeff Morgan.

Kelli Mills, 30, of Big Pool, said she was driving behind a red Mustang on West Franklin Street shortly before 8:30 p.m. when the Mustang hit a black Hyundai.

"I just looked up and I see them fly," Mills said. "I'm still shaking."

Mills said she saw rescue crews take an empty child safety seat out of the Hyundai. No children were in the car.

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The Hyundai went off the south side of the street into the parking lot of Winter Street Elementary where it hit two parked cars, Morgan said.

Hagerstown Fire Department Battalion Chief Kingsley Poole said rescue crews had to cut the side of the Hyundai off to get the woman out.

The heavily damaged Mustang was in the middle of Franklin Street facing north with damage to its front and rear.

The names of the woman and the man in the Mustang were not available, although police knew they were from Pennsylvania. They also were taken to the hospital, but their conditions were unknown.

West Franklin Street and nearby streets were shut down for at least two hours while Hagerstown City Police tried to reconstruct the accident's circumstances after the victims had been taken to the hospital.

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