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Walnutport woman charged in fatal crash

Published June 23. 2014 10:39AM

A 19-year-old Walnutport woman has been charged with homicide by vehicle and other offenses in a North Whitehall Township crash that killed a 65-year-old Walnutport woman.

Courtney Alexis Quinn, of 4411 Katlyn Drive, Walnutport, was charged today, with one count each of homicide by vehicle and involuntary manslaughter, two counts of recklessly endangering another person, and summary offenses of crossing into another lane, driving at an unsafe speed, and careless and reckless driving.

 She was arraigned at Lehigh County Central Booking by District Judge Jacob E. Hammond. Quinn was released on $50,000 unsecured bail. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for 9:45 a.m. July 15 in Hammond's office.

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed by Pennsylvania State Police, Troop M, Bethlehem:

At about 8:42 a.m. on April 12, a state trooper responded to a report of a motor vehicle crash with injuries on Route 145 north of Clearview Road in North Whitehall Township.

A vehicle driven by Quinn was traveling north on Route 145 when it crossed into the southbound lane and struck a vehicle driven by Jennifer Ebert.

Both Quinn and Ebert had serious injuries and were taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. A juvenile in Ebert's vehicle also was taken to the hospital.

Ebert was pronounced dead at about 2:15 p.m. An autopsy determined that Ebert died of multiple blunt force injuries as a result of the collision.

A state trooper at the scene observed that the speedometer on Quinn's vehicle had stopped over a speed of about 70 mph. The posted speed limit is 55 mph at that location.

The trooper said there were no adverse road conditions at the time of the crash. A post-crash inspection determined that there were no mechanical defects that would have caused the crash.

The investigation determined that there was no pre-impact roadway evidence to indicate that Quinn's vehicle braked or attempted to avoid the crash.

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