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Wreckage found in East Franklin hours after fatality

| Tuesday, June 30, 2009

A 20-year-old woman died in a crash early Sunday in rural East Franklin, but she and her wrecked car weren't found until Sunday afternoon.

Armstrong County Coroner Robert Bower identified the victim as Heather Rebecca Walker of 123 Brice Road, North Buffalo. Bower said she lived with her parents.

State police investigators think Walker was traveling south on Toy Road at high speed in her 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier around 4 a.m. As she approached the T-intersection of Claypoole Road, she failed to stop at a stop sign, police said.

Her vehicle crossed over Claypoole, clipped a tree, went airborne and continued about 120 feet down an embankment into a field.

The high grass in the field concealed the car and the body until a passing motorist noticed it about 4 p.m.

Police said Walker was ejected from the vehicle.

She was not wearing a seat belt, police and the coroner said.

A woman who lives along Toy Road about a half-mile from the accident scene told a state trooper that she heard a car apparently speeding by her home sometime in the middle of the night so fast that she expected to hear a crash, but didn't.

Police and rescue crews looked for another possible victim after baby clothes and items were found in the wreckage. However, it was determined that Walker was alone when she crashed.

Bower said Walker died of multiple blunt-force trauma. The crash was ruled accidental.

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