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Race not cause of fatal crash

March 29, 1999

Hagerstown City Police have identified and exonerated the driver of a second car previously believed to have been racing with a red Mustang in the West End when an accident claimed a woman's life on March 12.

"There was no race at the time of the crash," said Sgt. Mark Renner on Monday.

Aleisha Diane Bagent, 18, died after her car was hit by the Mustang at the intersection of Winter and West Franklin streets at about 8:26 p.m. that Friday.

Tony Wesley Gladfelter, 26, of St. Thomas, Pa., ran a red light and was driving almost 63 mph when his car collided with Bagent's car, police said. The speed limit at that intersection is 25 mph.

Gladfelter has been charged with vehicular manslaughter, reckless driving, participating in a speed contest and running a red light. He faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

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A preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 15 at 1 p.m. in Washington County District Court.

Initially, witnesses told police that another car was racing with Gladfelter when the collision occurred.

But Renner said the investigation didn't bear that out.

Gladfelter was treated for minor injuries after the accident and later was released from police custody on $75,000 bond.

- Marlo Barnhart

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