A Shillington woman was killed after crashing her speeding car while allegedly trying to elude police on Route 422 in Limerick on Sunday.State police identified the dead woman as 57-year-old Barbara A. Hersch.
Hersch, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected from her 1994 Toyota Corolla during the crash that occurred after the vehicle went out of control on westbound Route 422, left the roadway and rolled several times before striking a guide rail between Route 422 and Reifsnyder Road, according to authorities.
The crash occurred between the Royersford and Limerick exits of the highway.
Hersch, who, according to police, suffered major trauma was pronounced dead at the scene by Montgomery County Deputy Coroner Garry R. Schmoltze Sr. shortly after the 5 p.m. incident.
Two dogs, middle-aged cockapoos who were in Hersch's car, survived the crash and were transported to the Limerick Veterinary Hospital for treatment.
Dr. Tiffany Catalino said the dogs suffered scrapes and bruises. One of the pets was treated for a dislocated hip.
"They were very lucky dogs," Catalino said. "We are keeping both of them comfortable and keeping them as stress-free as possible considering what they went through (Sunday)."
Catalino said the dogs will remain at the hospital until they can be reunited with Hersch's family.
State police said the incident began at 5:09 p.m. in King of Prussia when a trooper using radar clocked the red Toyota Corolla traveling in excess of 55 miles per hour westbound on Route 422.
The trooper activated his emergency lights and siren in an attempt to make a traffic stop.
Hersch failed to stop and during an 11-mile pursuit, Hersch's Toyota reached speeds of 79 mph, according to state police at Philadelphia.
Hersch weaved through traffic and at one point appeared to attempt to pull off at the Royersford exit of the highway, according to police.
Instead, the vehicle traveled across both of the westbound lanes of Route 422, traveling partially into the south grassy berm, according to State Police Cpl. Jose Monroig.
At that point, the vehicle appeared to go out of control, police said. The vehicle then traveled back across the westbound lanes and drove into the north grassy berm, according to police. The Toyota traveled about 175 feet and rolled over several times before striking the guide rail.
Authorities released no further information about Hersch or the crash. State police said the investigation is continuing.