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Unborn child among 3 dead in Pa. wreck

September 26, 1999|By DON AINES

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Three members of the same family, including an unborn child, were killed Saturday afternoon when a Waynesboro, Pa., woman and her pregnant daughter died in a two-vehicle collision near the intersection of Pa. 16 and Long Lane in Antrim Township, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

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Crystal Diane Helman, 36, and Stephanie Helman, 19, both of 12178 Olde Route 16, were pronounced dead at the scene at 3:49 p.m. by Franklin County Coroner Kenneth L. Peiffer. Stephanie Helman was eight months pregnant.

Chief Deputy Coroner Jeffrey R. Conner said his office is listing three fatalities, including the unborn child. "By law we have to issue a fetal death certificate," he said.

Conner said autopsies would be performed on Crystal and Stephanie Helman today at Lehigh Valley Medical Center in Allentown, Pa.

The accident happened at 3:15 p.m. when a westbound 1998 Ford Escort sedan driven by Christine Cole, 29, of Falling Waters, W.Va., attempted to make a left turn into a driveway across from Long Lane. The car was struck on the passenger's side by a 1993 Ford Explorer driven by Teresa Kay Welsh, 36, of 9685 Masters Road, Waynesboro, according to police.

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Crystal Helman was in the front passenger's seat of the Escort and her daughter in the right rear seat, according to police.

The impact spun the Escort around and into an embankment. The Explorer rolled over completely, police said. Cole and Welsh received minor injuries in the crash.

Cole and a 7-year-old girl in the left rear seat were taken to Waynesboro Hospital and then transferred to Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown. Cole was treated in the emergency room there and released, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Trooper Jeremy Matas did not release the name of the girl, but said she was in fair condition when he checked Sunday afternoon.

Welsh was treated at Waynesboro Hospital and released, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Matas said a state police vehicle accident investigator was called to the scene of the accident, which was still under investigation late Sunday. Traffic was detoured around the accident, which closed that section of Pa. 16 east of Greencastle for about five hours.

Arrangements for Crystal and Stephanie Helman are being handled by Grove Funeral Home, Waynesboro.

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