Meadville Tribune

Police Blotter

March 7, 2013

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MEADVILLE — Crashes

State Police

-Ryan M. Hickam, 32, of Meadville, was traveling east on Route 198 in Hayfield Township when he answered a text message and lost control of his vehicle at 3 a.m. March 4, according to state police. He reportedly struck a power pole along the north side of Route 198 and fled the scene on foot into a wooded area. He was located uninjured approximately a mile and a half from the scene, police said. DUI charges pending.

-Denise R. Carney, 32, of Spartansburg, was traveling east on Canadohta Lake Road in Sparta Township when she slowed for a group of pedestrians and lost control of her vehicle at 9:07 a.m. March 2, according to state police. Her vehicle reportedly left the roadway and hit an embankment. She was taken to UPMC Hamot for minor injuries, police said.

-Trudy M. Phelps, 42, of Linesville, was traveling west on State Route 6 in Conneaut Township when another vehicle pulled out into the intersection from Partch Road at 11:05 p.m. March 4, according to state police. She reportedly applied her brakes and lost control of her vehicle on loose gravel. Her vehicle traveled sideways off the road and struck large rocks at the end of a driveway before continuing down an embankment and rolling onto its roof, police said. She sustained minor injuries.

-Ronald A. Laudenslager, 56, of Pataskala, Ohio, was stopped in the southbound lane of Route 8 in front of Wal-Mart in Oil Creek Township when he was distracted and hit the gas pedal, impacting the vehicle of Timothy Miller of Albion at 12:40 p.m. March 3, according to state police. Upon impact, Miller’s vehicle reportedly struck the vehicle of Thomas Irwin of Union City. Miller was treated at Titusville Hospital for minor injuries, police said. His vehicle was towed from the scene by Shambaugh’s Towing. Hydetown Fire Department assisted on scene. No other injuries were reported.

-Lance A. Aylsworth, 40, of Linesville, was stopped at a stop sign facing east on State Route 198 at its intersection with Route 18 at 3:12 p.m. on March 2 when he proceeded to pull into the intersection and attempt to make a left turn and struck an oncoming vehicle being driven by Ronald J. Kapala, 68, of Albion. There were no injuries. Both drivers were wearing their seat belts.

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