STOWE PA – West Pottsgrove police and Montgomery County detectives claim a one-car crash early Saturday morning (Feb. 4, 2017) on eastbound U.S. Route 422 near its Stowe interchange, in which two people were killed and a third injured, resulted from two cars racing down the highway. Now they’re looking for the second car and its driver, who allegedly fled the scene, and they’ve asked for public help.
- Follow-Up: Two Victims Identified In Saturday Stowe Crash
The identities of two passengers killed in Saturday’s alleged car racing crash on U.S. Route 422 near Stowe were released by the Montgomery County District Attorney’s office.
Investigators hope to talk with anyone who may know about the second car, which they described as “a newer model black Dodge Challenger with dark-tinted windows, bright headlights and yellow fog lights.” It displayed “an unknown Delaware license plate,” they added. Those with information are asked to call either the Montgomery County Detectives at 610-278-3368, or the West Pottsgrove Police at 610-323-2090.
Officials returned to the scene Sunday (Feb. 5) to gather more evidence.
Witness interviews conducted after the crash indicate the two vehicles were racing shortly after midnight when one of the vehicles, a 2007 BMW, broker “through a guardrail and launched off the south side of the eastbound lanes” of 422. It “went airborne,” authorities said, “striking numerous trees in the air, and coming to a rest on its roof at the bottom of a 30-foot embankment.”
Of the three people trapped inside, two were extracted by first responders and were declared dead at the scene. Their names were being withheld pending notification of next of kin. The third, identified as 22-year-old Shone Santiago of New York, who attends school in Exton PA, was rescued and flown to Reading Hospital by helicopter in critical condition.
The investigation so far has revealed their car was traveling in excess of 100 miles an hour at the time of the crash. The second car allegedly involved, the Challenger, initially stopped at the crash scene but then fled, officials reported.
According to a release from county First Assistant District Attorney Edward McCann, police were assisted Saturday at the scene by West End, Phillies, Amity, and North Coventry fire companies, Goodwill Ambulance, MidAtlantic MedEvac, Pennsylvania state troopers, county detectives, and police officers from the North Coventry, Lower Pottsgrove, and Upper Providence departments. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation also assisted.
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