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Authorities seek extradition of New Castle woman in car crash death of Shenango detective

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SHENANGO TOWNSHIP, Pennsylvania - A New Castle woman accused of fleeing from police and crashing into a police cruiser killing a Shenango Township Police detective Thursday night told a state trooper quote, "I did something stupid."

According to a police criminal complaint and affidavit filed in court by Pennsylvania State Police detectives, 26-year-old suspect Kylee Barletto also told state police she remembered being chased by New Castle Police and didn't stop because her driver's license was suspended.

Later in the interview she altered that story claiming something was wrong with her car and she couldn't stop before the fatal crash. The interview took place at St. Elizabeth's Health Center.

Lawrence County authorities want to extradite Barletto back to Pennsylvania to face serious charges that include; manslaughter of a law enforcement officer in the second degree, homicide by vehicle, involuntary manslaughter, fleeing or attempting to elude police and recklessly endangering another person.

Barletto is currently hospitalized in Youngstown with face lacerations and head injuries after authorities say she broad-sided a Shenango Township Police cruiser killing 59-year-old detective William "Jerry" McCarthy who was a passenger in the car.

The deadly crash happened around 10:00 p.m. on Thursday at the intersection of Warren and Cascade Streets in New Castle.

McCarthy was pronounced dead at 10:22 p.m. on Thursday. Killed exactly one year to the day he was hired by Shenango Township Police.

Detective McCarthy retired from the Grove City College safety forces and worked as a humane agent, and an investigator for the Lawrence County District Attorney's Office.

"The loss that we feel today is a loss that is shared by his family, shared by the local law enforcement community. It's a loss that's felt by every man or woman who ever wore a uniform," said Lawrence County District Attorney Josh Lamancusa during a news conference outside the Pennsylvania State Police New Castle barracks.

Detective McCarthy took the brunt of the impact because the police car was struck on the passenger side by Barletto's red Sunfire as she tried to elude New Castle Police. Authorities say she initially stopped for police and then took off.

"She went through approximately four stop signs weaving all over the road. Police officers remained at a safe distance behind her. They called for assistance and called for back-up," Lamancusa said.

According to Lamancusa, that's when Detective McCarthy and Officer Michael Lynch from Shenango Township Police responded, hoping to assist New Castle.

"Detective McCarthy and Officer Lynch were not part of the pursuit, they were just driving parallel. In fact, what they were trying to do was get ahead of the vehicle by some distance and possibly put down some spike strips to stop the vehicle," Lamancusa said.

Shenango Township Officer Michael Lynch, who was driving the cruiser, was seriously injured by the crash that was so powerful it sent the police car traveling some 200 feet into another car.

According to investigators, the Shenango Township officers had the cruiser's lights activated and the vehicle was clearly marked.

But authorities say Kylee Barletto was driving without a license for failure to appear in court on numerous traffic violations.

As Pennsylvania State Police await the results of toxicology tests to determine if Barletto was under the influence of any drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash, the Lawrence County community will mourn the loss of not only a police officer, but a husband, father and friend killed in the line of duty.

Detective William "Jerry" McCarthy leaves behind a legacy of dedication according to his fellow officers that was unsurpassed.

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