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Police say chase led to fatal crash

October 20, 2007

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police have released more details of a crash Monday night that injured a Fayetteville, Pa., man who later died.

Kenyetta Q. Edwards, 25, was declared clinically dead Tuesday afternoon at the University of Pittsburgh Presbyterian Hospital from injuries in the crash at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the 600 block of Fifth Avenue in Chambersburg, police said.

The incident began when four motorcycles going west on U.S. 30 ran a red light at Sixth Street, police said. Trooper M. Lewis turned on his cruiser's lights and sirens, and one of the riders pulled over at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and U.S. 30 while the other three turned right onto Fifth Avenue, police said.

Lewis stopped briefly to order the unidentified motorcyclist not to leave and then turned on to Fifth Avenue, police said.

The motorcycles were traveling at a high rate of speed when a Suzuki ridden by Randall L. McNair II, 21, of Fayetteville, went into the southbound lane in front of a car driven by Judith Kopsch, 62, of Chambersburg, police said. The motorcycle went off the road into a ditch, police said.

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A Kawasaki Ninja Sport ridden by Edwards struck the left front fender of Kopsch's Chevrolet sedan, then hit a guardrail, police said.

Another Suzuki ridden by Jason R. Bobbett, 24, of Chambersburg, passed behind Kopsch's car, striking a road sign and going off the road.

Bobbett had moderate injuries while McNair and Kopsch had minor injuries in the crashes, police said. Edwards was flown to Altoona (Pa.) Regional Hospital before being transferred to Pittsburgh, police said.

According to Franklin County Court records, Edwards was out on bail while appealing a conviction for fleeing and eluding police in a November 2006 incident. He was convicted by a jury in August and was sentenced in September to four to 23 months in jail, court records stated.

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