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Pennsylvania Woman Killed, Troopers Injured in Two-Car Crash

July 07, 2014  | 

An Edinboro, Pa., woman died and two Pennsylvania State Police troopers from the barracks at Girard were injured in a crash Saturday between a car and a police vehicle in western Erie County.

Donna Platz, 57, was pronounced dead at the scene of the 3:34 a.m. crash at Route 98 and Sterrettania Road by Lyle Cook, Erie County coroner. The two troopers, Frederick Schimp and Garrett Padasak, were taken to the trauma unit at UPMC Hamot in Erie for treatment, according to police.

Preliminary investigation of the crash found Trooper Schimp was driving a 2013 Ford Explorer police sport utility vehicle west on Sterrettania Road when he failed to stop at the intersection with Route 98, according to state police. The police SUV was not responding to a call at the time of the crash, police said.

Schimp then drove the police SUV directly into the intersection where it was struck in the left front by a northbound car driven by Platz, police told the Meadville Tribune.


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Greg @ 7/8/2014 3:50 AM

No emergency, not responding on a call, woman killed.

Trooper Schimp needs to lose everything...job, house, freedom. Yep, that'll happen. More good press for officers.

sherry @ 7/8/2014 4:11 PM

I feel so sorry for both drivers. I can't help but wonder why the Officer did not stop. I am very glad to see that this event is out in the open with no one trying to cover it up. That is how all mistakes done by officers should go. After all Police are only human.

Marshal @ 7/9/2014 8:03 AM

Greg-would you feel this way if it was just a normal person that missed a stop sign or red light and got in an accident? What if he had a medical episode and that caused the wreck? Besides missing a traffic control device was he driving recklessly? Do you know more detail then this that isn't shared to the rest of us warranting you wanting him to lose everything? Maybe there is a lot more to it that hasn't been released yet. So to make such an ignorant statement is just stupid. And if he has a wife and kids should they have to suffer because he might have made a mistake? If he was driving recklessly and caused this accident by all means he should face the same charges as any other driver would but not special penalties just because he is an officer. You are just pathetic.

Greg @ 7/14/2014 5:56 AM

Hey Marshal, yes, I would feel the same way. It was an "On Purpose", not an accident. Oh please, medical episode? His wife and kid shouldn't suffer? How about the woman he killed, her family? He made them suffer by his actions. No special penalties because he's a fellow officer...but no special benefits either. He is a normal person...at 3:34 AM, he was careless and knew he'd get away with ignoring stop signs/lights. Youre pathetic right back at you...and my mother was killed in an accident by a drunk driver...no tolerance for "accidents".

newageblues @ 9/13/2014 5:55 AM

This is the second time this year a PA State Trooper was responsible for killing an innocent driver. Maybe they need refresher classes in driving.

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