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Pa. woman pleads not guilty in fatal crash

March 13, 2003|by STACEY DANZUSO

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Shippensburg, Pa., woman charged with vehicular homicide in the deaths of a Chambersburg high school coach and his wife in December pleaded not guilty and waived arraignment in Franklin County Court Wednesday, according to court records.

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.

Her case will be scheduled for the May trial term.

Whitsel previously waived her right to a preliminary hearing.

On Dec. 13, Whitsel was driving a pickup truck southbound on Interstate 81 in Guilford Township when her pickup crossed the median shortly after 11 p.m. and sparked a multi-vehicle collision that claimed the lives of 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 alleged.

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 (Pa.) University.

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