Woman who survived spectacular crash in Harmar to be charged with drunken driving

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A woman who police said was driving under the influence is alive after an early morning crash on Route 28 that flipped her car and set it on fire, state police said today.

Renee Nacy, 46, of Creighton was driving her 2012 Kia around 1 a.m. on Route 28 northbound in Harmar Township when she failed to negotiate a lefthand curve; her vehicle went off the roadway into a 2-foot ditch, according to state police.

Ms. Nacy then drove along the hillside for approximately 75 feet; the vehicle then rode along the guard rail for another 111 feet, police said.

The Kia then overturned onto its driver's side and slid for about 30 feet on the shoulder and then another 128 feet on the roadway before turning onto its roof; it continued sliding down the road on its roof, sending sparks flying, according to two troopers who witnessed the crash while on a routine patrol near exit 12 of Route 28. The vehicle caught fire and was soon engulfed in flames.

It finally turned back over onto its wheels and came to a stop on the shoulder. Trooper Roger Kaufman retrieved a fire extinguisher from his patrol car's trunk while Trooper Timothy Amy ran to rescue the car's occupants.

But when he arrived at the car, the trooper saw Ms. Nacy walking away from the vehicle along the shoulder of the road.

She was transported to Allegheny General Hospital by ambulance and suffered minor injuries.

State police said that lab results from Allegheny General Hospital showed that Ms. Nagy had a blood alcohol level greater than the legal limit. Charges are expected to be filed in district court.

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Erich Schwartzel: eschwartzel@post-gazette.com.


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