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Mt. Pleasant Twp. woman killed in Hempfield crash

| Sunday, July 6, 2014, 7:45 p.m.

Speed is believed to be a factor in a single-vehicle crash that killed a Mt. Pleasant Township woman whose vehicle hit a tree in Hempfield early Sunday morning, the Westmoreland County Coroner's Office said.

Sherri A. Knox-Fink, 44, of Lilac Lane was fatally injured at 8:37 a.m. when her westbound 2004 Chrysler Pacifica crashed along Stone Church Road, about 1,800 feet east of Sweitzer Road, state police at Greensburg said. Knox-Fink's westbound vehicle crossed into the opposite lane of traffic, hit a mailbox and utility pole and slammed into a tree, police said.

Knox-Fink died of blunt-force trauma of the head and neck and was pronounced dead at the scene at 9:57 a.m., Westmoreland County Deputy Coroner Timothy P. O'Donnell said. An autopsy will not be performed, and results of toxicology tests will not be available for several weeks, O'Donnell said.

The airbags deployed, but the victim was not wearing a seat belt, O'Donnell said. The deputy coroner said it is not known whether a cellphone was being used at the time of the crash.

Knox-Fink's Facebook posting states that she is originally from Altoona. The Mauk-Yates Funeral Home of Altoona will be handling arrangements. No information on funeral arrangements was available Sunday night.

Joe Napsha is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-5252 or jnapsha@tribweb.com.

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