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NEW CASTLE, Pennsylvania - A chase that turned into a crash has claimed the life of a Shenango Township police officer.

The incident occurred just before 10 p.m. Thursday. New Castle police were in pursuit of a red car driving erratically driven by Kylie Barletto.

Shenango Township Police Officers Michael Lynch, the driver and passenger William McCarthy and also responded and were positioned in New Castle. But As Barletto was driving away from officers, she went through a stop sign at Warren and Cascade street, slamming into the two officers' cruiser.

The crash killed 59-year-old McCarthy.  Lynch was injured and taken to the hospital.

Barletto, who was driving while under suspension was also taken to the hospital. There is no word on her condition or that of the other officer.

Court records show that Barletto, 25, has been cited for multiple driving violations in the past. She pleaded guilty to driving under a supsension two times in 2012 and one time earlier in April of this year.l Barletto also pleaded guilty in 2012 to driving without a license and without a safety belt.

Barletto, who is being treated at a trauma center in Ohio, faces charges of homicide by vehicle, involuntary manslaughter, and aggravated assault by motor vehicle while not properly licensed. 

Hundreds of people and organizations, including the Columbiana County Police Department and State Representative Sean O'Brien, have offered condolences on the Shenango Police Department's Facebook page.

In a Facebook post, the department said that McCarthy, "was a valued member of not only our department, but of all Lawrence County. He was a great police officer, but more than that, he was a great person to all that knew him."

21 News reporter Michelle Nicks has confirmed that Pennsylvania State Police will hold a news conference at 11 a.m. on Friday with more information. A live stream of the conference will be provided on our website.

Stay connected to wfmj.com and 21 News for more on this developing story.

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