Police: Woman, injured as troopers chased another driver, dies


UNIONTOWN, Pa. - A woman injured in a southeastern Pennsylvania crash that occurred as police were chasing another driver has died, police said.

Police in Fayette County alleged that a male driver swerved out of his lane shortly before noon Friday on Route 119 and nearly hit a patrol car in the passing lane.

"Initially, the vehicle did pull over on the side of the roadway when he pulled over behind him," Trooper Stephani Lucas told WTAE. "That's when the vehicle basically fled."

Officials said the ensuing pursuit reached speeds of 70 to 80 mph, and another trooper joined the chase. Police said the driver went around another vehicle and the first trooper followed, but the driver of the other car then turned in front of the second trooper and was struck.

"Whether she didn't realize there was another car or whatever the reason was, she was attempting to make that left-hand turn once the initial two vehicles went through and it just happened to be in front of the trooper," Lucas said.

The driver, identified as Bendetta Miller, sustained a head injury and was flown to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, West Virginia, where she was pronounced dead Saturday, police said.

Officers called off the pursuit after the crash, but later tracked the vehicle to an alley in German Township and arrested the driver, who was expected to face charges including aggravated assault, fleeing and eluding and resisting arrest, police said.

A trooper was taken to Uniontown Hospital for treatment of a hip injury, police said.