Alcohol, drugs played no role in fatal crash Pa. police seek cause of accident that killed 3

August 06, 1998|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

Alcohol and drugs were not factors in a two-car collision in April that killed two Francis Scott Key High School cheerleaders and a Pennsylvania woman, authorities said.

The accident that killed Domini Wigle, 16, of Keymar and Jessica Bassler, 16, of Taneytown occurred at 7: 10 a.m. April 4 as the girls and two schoolmates were heading south on Pennsylvania Route 194 near Littlestown, the Pennsylvania State Police said.

The other girls, Jennifer Banks and Laura Thompson, both 16, were treated at hospitals and released.

Police said Wigle lost control of the car and slid sideways into the path of a 1987 Cadillac driven by Martha Sheets, 61, of Littlestown, who also was killed. She was the grandmother of a Francis Scott Key student, April Robertson.

The results of an autopsy and toxicology report routinely performed in fatal traffic accidents showed Wigle had no drugs or alcohol in her system, a spokeswoman for the York County, Pa., coroner's office said.

Pennsylvania Trooper George Kelly said yesterday that he is awaiting a report by a state police accident reconstructionist to pinpoint the cause of the accident. With alcohol and drugs ruled out, he said the most obvious causes would include speed, driver error or road conditions. Driver error would include fatigue, he said.

The four teen-agers were spending a Friday night at a friend's after attending a school musical event, Terri L. Baker, Wigle's mother, said in April.

About 4 a.m., the girls left for a sub shop in Taneytown, where they met two students from the Johns Hopkins University and gave them a ride to Baltimore.

Her daughter may have gotten lost on the return trip and fallen asleep at the wheel, Baker said at the time.

Pub Date: 8/06/98

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