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Driver trapped, passenger flees scene of Lawrence County crash

Brian C. Rittmeyer
| Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, 9:03 a.m.

A woman was trapped in the SUV she was driving and a passenger wanted on a warrant fled the scene after a crash in Lawrence County just after midnight Friday morning, state police said.

The crash happened around 12:30 a.m. Friday on Portersville Road, just east of Pleasant Hill Road, in Perry Township.

According to state police, Tonya Durand, 32, of Prospect, Butler County was driving a 2005 GMC Envoy at a high rate of speed when she failed to negotiate a curve, went off the road and hit a utility pole, shearing it in half.

Durand was trapped inside and had to be freed through a sunroof. She was taken to UPMC Passavant in Cranberry and then flown to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh. No information on her condition was provided.

State police said the passenger, Ryan Waller, 36, of Center, Butler County fled the scene before they arrived because he is wanted on an active warrant out of the Butler County Sheriff’s Office. He flagged down a passing motorist because of his injuries and the cold.

Waller was later found; state police did not say where or how he was located. He was arrested without incident after being treated and released from Ellwood City Hospital and taken to the Lawrence County Jail.

Durand is suspected of driving under the influence. State police said chargers were pending blood test results.

Brian Rittmeyer is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Brian at 724-226-4701, brittmeyer@tribweb.com or via Twitter @BCRittmeyer.

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