Woman dies after crash while fleeing Pittsburgh police in Lawrenceville

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A Friendship woman has been identified as the person who crashed into a garbage truck this morning in Lawrenceville ending a police chase.

Sara C. Glaser, 18, was pronounced dead at 8:25 a.m. at UPMC Mercy.

Pittsburgh homicide detectives are investigating the circumstances surrounding the chase and crash.

Police began following the vehicle when it pulled onto Liberty Avenue without headlights. The driver refused to stop the car, which was reported stolen earlier from McCandless.

Instead, police say the woman sped away and wound up crashing around 3:31 a.m. into the back of a stopped garbage truck near Liberty and 34th Street. The impact threw her from the car. Police don't believe the woman was wearing a seat belt.

Traffic and buses were detoured around the crash scene until the road reopened at about 9 a.m.

Ms. Glaser played basketball for Pittsburgh Allderdice in Squirrel Hill last year and with North Catholic High School and Mount Alvernia prior to that.

She was a center and stood 6 feet tall.

Ms. Glaser was in her freshman year at La Roche College.

"We were greatly saddened to learn of Sara's death and we extend our deepest sympathies and prayers to her family and friends," La Roche College President Sister Candace Introcaso said in a statement. "As we mourn our loss, we also hold Sara's parents, sister and brother, close to our hearts and in our sincere thoughts and prayers. We also pray for our community and offer our support in any and every way that we can in the difficult days to come."

McCandless police Chief Gary Anderson said Ms. Glaser's roommate reported that her car had been stolen early this morning.

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First Published October 16, 2012 11:15 AM


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