Police: Driver in crash had alcohol, drugs in her system

December 18, 2002|by STACEY DANZUSO

CHAMBERSBURG - The driver of the pickup truck that sparked a multivehicle collision that killed a local teacher and his wife Friday tested positive for alcohol and drugs, Pennsylvania State Police said Tuesday.

Sabrina L. Whitsel, 28, of Shippensburg, Pa., had a blood alcohol content of .18 percent and tested positive for marijuana, Trooper Craig Finkle said in a press release Tuesday.

In Pennsylvania, a driver is considered intoxicated if the blood alcohol content is .1 percent or greater.

Whitsel was listed in fair condition at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pa., Tuesday, a hospital spokeswoman said.


Whitsel was southbound on Interstate 81 shortly after 11 p.m. Friday near mile marker 13.5 in Guilford Township when her vehicle crossed the median and hit a northbound Toyota.

The Toyota spun and was subsequently struck by two tractor-trailers. The occupants of the Toyota, Tim and Susan Cook, of 3774 Pampas Circle, Chambersburg, were pronounced dead at the scene.

Tim Cook, 49, was a math teacher and girls cross country coach at Chambersburg Area Senior High School.

Susan Cook, 49, was an administrative assistant at Shippensburg University.

The Cooks are survived by two children who are attending college.

A memorial service for the Cooks will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Chambersburg Area Senior High School auditorium.

The accident is still under investigation.

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