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Pa. motorcyclist dies from injuries sustained in crash

October 18, 2007|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Fayetteville, Pa., man critically injured Monday night when the motorcycle he was riding crashed as he apparently was fleeing police died Wednesday, according to a spokeswoman at the University of Pittsburgh Presbyterian Hospital.

Kenyetta Quinta Edwards, 25, of 54 W. Main St., Apt. A, was listed in critical condition Wednesday afternoon, another spokeswoman said earlier in the day.

He was injured Monday at about 7:30 p.m. when the Kawasaki Ninja Sport he was riding collided with a car on Fifth Avenue in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania State Police said. He was initially airlifted to Altoona (Pa.) Regional Hospital before being transferred to Pittsburgh, police said.

Two other motorcyclists had lesser injuries when they lost control and went off the road in the same incident, police said. The three failed to stop when a trooper attempted to pull them over at the intersection of U.S. 30 and Fifth Avenue, police said.

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Police said Edwards was riding north when he lost control of the motorcycle and collided with a southbound sedan driven by Judith E. Kopsch, 62, of Chambersburg. Kopsch had minor injuries in the crash, police said.

Edwards was convicted at least twice before of trying to elude police, according to Franklin County Court and jail records.

On Aug. 3, a jury found Edwards guilty of fleeing and eluding police, and driving with a suspended license. On Sept. 5, Edwards was sentenced to four to 23 months in jail, but he appealed the conviction and was out on bail, according to court records.

The conviction stemmed from an incident on Nov. 5, 2006, when a borough police officer saw Edwards, whose license was suspended, get into his car, police said. Edwards did not stop when the officer turned on the cruiser's lights and sirens, police said.

The affidavit of probable cause stated that Edwards drove out of the borough west on U.S. 30 into Hamilton Township and the officer broke off the chase "due to safety concerns."

Edwards was in Franklin County Prison from Feb. 22 to April 22, 2006, for violating probation on convictions for fleeing and eluding police and writing bad checks, according to jail records.

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