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Pa. man killed in Interstate 81 crash

March 05, 2007

MARION, Pa. - A 19-year-old Pennsylvania man was killed after the vehicle he was driving went airborne during a police pursuit Friday on Interstate 81, Pennsylvania State Police in Chambersburg said.

Benjamin James Noonan, of Carlisle, Pa., was driving a stolen vehicle on I-81 in Cumberland County just north of Franklin County when he was spotted by a trooper at 11:17 p.m., said Cpl. D. Lyons of the Pennsylvania State Police in Carlisle.

Noonan accelerated when the trooper tried to pull him over, and his vehicle reached speeds of 100 mph, Lyons said. Noonan passed several vehicles on the right-hand berm, and he attempted to enter a closed rest area before swerving back on the road, Lyons said.

At exit 10 of I-81, Noonan attempted to leave the interstate, but he failed to stop at a stop sign and crossed Pa. 914. The vehicle Noonan was driving became airborne, and it went over a guardrail before crashing into a mound of dirt about 10 feet high, Lyons said.

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"He was airborne for quite some distance before he went into the mound," Lyons said.

Noonan suffered blunt- force chest trauma and was pronounced dead at 12:21 a.m. by medic command at a private residence in the area of Interstate 81, Pa. 914 and Colorado Street Extended, Franklin County Coroner Jeffrey R. Conner said.

Noonan was driving without a license, Lyons said.

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