Pedestrian struck by vehicle, killed
A 5:30 p.m. crash at the Seventh Avenue, Union Avenue and 25th Street intersection on Wednesday killed a pedestrian and shut down sections of all three roads for hours.
Police said the female teenage driver of a burgundy Honda CRV was traveling south along Seventh Avenue when a male in his 60s, driving a silver Toyota Corolla and heading west along Union Avenue, ran a red light while crossing the intersection.
Police said the male driver was not from the area.
The force of the collision spun the Corolla, causing it to strike 44-year-old Ann Marie Crutcher, who police said had exited an Amtran bus only moments earlier.
She was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
Altoona Police Department Sgt. Brian Freiwald said the male driver was transported to Altoona Regional with minor injuries.
AMED workers checked on the female driver, who appeared physically unhurt.
She said she did not see the other car hit the pedestrian.
After police set up a perimeter and directed traffic, a crowd of several dozen people gathered to survey the vehicles’ damage.
The passenger side of the Corolla faced 25th Street, with both doors badly crumpled from the crash.
The CRV remained in the direction it was traveling, its front passenger fender badly damaged.
It appeared that both vehicles’ airbags had deployed.
While Altoona and Logan Township police worked to reconstruct the accident, Crutcher’s boyfriend of more than two years, who identified himself only as Michael, ran toward the scene around 7:30 p.m.
“Where is she?” he asked repeatedly.
Once Michael received news of his girlfriend’s death, he sobbed and wept openly with his head in his hands, letting his cellphone fall and hit the brick stoop on which he was sitting.
“She was a wonderful person,” he said. “She was so good to me.”
Police said Crutcher also had just said goodbye to her daughter, who had gotten off at the Amtran bus’ previous stop minutes before the accident.
Freiwald said police do not yet know whether charges will be filed.
Police will continue to investigate, he said, but it did not appear that either driver was under the influence.
Altoona Fire Department also was at the scene.
Mirror Staff Writer Kelly Cernetich is at 946-7520.