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Fleeing police results in crash

Published March 05. 2011 09:00AM

A Blakeslee man was allegedly fleeing from police when he was involved in an accident which claimed the life of a young Effort woman.

Theresa Ricciardi-Garcia, 29, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash which happened at about 1:22 p.m. Thursday on Route 115 in Chestnuthill Township.

Benjamin T. Farrell, 26, who was driving a 1998 Dodge Dakota, was injured and taken to Pocono Medical Center, East Stroudsburg, for treatment.

State police at Fern Ridge barracks said, "At no times was Farrell being actively pursued with emergency lights and siren by the Pocono Mountain Regional Police Department or any other police agency.

Trooper Robert Miller of the state police, who is the investigating officer, said the Pocono Mountain Regional Police was going to stop Farrell for an expired inspection sticker.

Farrell, who was waiting to turn onto Route 115 from Allegheny Drive, allegedly began passing cars in the oncoming lanes of Route 115, striking the oncoming car of Ricciardi-Garcia.

Miller said the Pocono Regional Police officer had pulled to the shoulder of the road in order to make a U-turn to locate Farrell, who went south on Route 115.

The regional police officer said the next time he saw the Farrell vehicle was after it had crashed.

Miller said in his report, "Farrell stated to police that he was not sure if the officer was going to come after him, but he was going to get out of there anyway."

The Pocono Mountain Regional Officer did not activate his lights and siren until he was just about upon the crash scene.

State police ask any witnesses to come forward with their information by calling them at (570) 646-2271.

Miller said, "The Pennsylvania State Police are seeking all information in order to make a true and accurate determination of what occurred."

The investigation is continuing.

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