Woman crashes, dies fleeing from police in Lawrenceville
By Margaret Harding and Adam Brandolph
Published: Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012, 6:54 a.m.
A woman died when she crashed a stolen car in Lawrenceville, ending a police chase.
Sara Glaser, 18, of Friendship, a freshman at LaRoche College, took her roommate's Toyota Echo about 3:10 a.m. Tuesday and was driving without headlights on Liberty Avenue in the Strip District about 20 minutes later, Pittsburgh police Sgt. Dan Connolly said.
When officers tried to stop the car, Glaser sped up Liberty and crashed into a garbage truck at the traffic light at Herron Avenue, Connolly said. The car rolled onto its left side, and the impact threw Glaser from the vehicle, he said.
Paramedics took her to UPMC Mercy, where she died. Her family could not be reached for comment, and no one answered the door at her Friendship home.
LaRoche's president, Sister Candace Introcaso, said Glaser's death saddened people on campus.
“We extend our deepest sympathies and prayers to her family and friends,” she 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.”
Collision investigators closed a portion of Liberty Avenue during the morning rush hour as they worked to reconstruct what happened.
Glaser played basketball at North Catholic High School, where she was a student in 2010, and at Pittsburgh's Taylor Allderdice High School in 2011, from which she graduated, city schools spokeswoman Ebony Pugh said.
She enrolled at LaRoche College this fall after attending the Providence Institute at La Roche in August, Introcaso said.
In July, Glaser spent a day in the Allegheny County Jail on robbery and conspiracy charges, which a district judge later dropped. In April, Pittsburgh police charged her with criminal trespass, burglary, and purchasing alcohol as a minor. Glaser pleaded guilty to defiant trespass.
In June 2011, Shaler police arrested Glaser for buying alcohol as a minor and disorderly conduct. She pleaded guilty to purchasing alcohol and was ordered to complete an alcohol class and 40 hours of community service.
Margaret Harding and Adam Brandolph are staff writers for Trib Total Media. Harding can be reached at 412-380-8519 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Brandolph can be reached at 412-391-0927 or email@example.com.
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