Driver in fatal crash never saw traffic signal, police say

The driver who ran a red light and caused a two-vehicle accident that killed a pedestrian said he didn’t see the traffic signal, according to Altoona police.

Ann Marie Crutcher, 44, of Altoona was killed around 5:30 p.m. Thursday as she crossed Union Avenue at Seventh Avenue after a 2009 Toyota Corolla, whose driver police said failed to stop at a red light as he traveled north on Union Avenue, spun into her after the Toyota was struck by a 2012 Honda CRV traveling west on Seventh Avenue.

The names of the drivers involved in the crash have not been released. Sgt. Daniel DeAntonnio, accident reconstructionist with the Altoona Police Department, said he was wrapping up the investigation and expected to release the names in the next day or two.

Police said the driver of the Toyota, who resides in the Harrisburg area, will likely be charged with failing to stop at a red light, but that the investigation remains ongoing.

Crutcher, police said, had just stepped off an Amtran bus and was walking across Union Avenue when the Toyota drove through the red light and was broadsided by the Honda, driven by a female teenager.

The Honda struck the center, passenger side of the Toyota. It spun clockwise and struck Crutcher with its rear, driver’s side quarter panel and threw her against a nearby sign post, killing her, DeAntonnio said. Crutcher was within the boundries of the crosswalk, police said, although its lines are no longer visible.

The Toyota’s driver was taken to Altoona Regional with minor injuries, and the driver of the Honda was attended to at the scene by AMED personnel.