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Woman charged in fatal crash waives hearing

February 04, 2003|by STACEY DANZUSO

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Shippensburg, Pa., woman charged in the December traffic deaths of a popular Chambersburg high school coach and his wife has waived her preliminary hearing.

Sabrina L. Whitsel, 38, of 250 Goodhart Road, is charged with two counts of homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence, and one count each of driving under the influence, failure to drive in the established lane, careless driving and driving at a speed greater than reasonable, according to court records.

She had scheduled to have a preliminary hearing before District Justice Larry Meminger Monday, but previously waived her right to a hearing. She is scheduled for arraignment March 12 at 8:30 a.m. in the Franklin County Courthouse, according to Meminger's office.

On Dec. 13, Whitsel was driving a pickup truck southbound on Interstate 81 in Guilford Township when her vehicle crossed the median shortly after 11 p.m. and sparked a multi-vehicle collision that killed Tim and Susan Cook, according to court records.

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Tests showed Whitsel had a blood alcohol concentration of .18 percent and tested positive for marijuana, Pennsylvania State Police said.

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

Whitsel was hospitalized for a week following the accident.

Witnesses told police Whitsel was swerving in and out of lanes at a high rate of speed in her pickup truck, court records said.

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 lived at 3774 Pampas Circle in Chambersburg. They are survived by two college-age children.

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