2011-07-14 / Front Page

Needmore Woman Dies In Crash

Thought to have been missing from her home
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

A woman reported missing from her Belfast Township home on Sunday actually succumbed to injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident that same morning.

Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Bradley Poole of the McConnellsburg barracks received a report on July 10, that 74-year-old Needmore resident Marlene Patricia Ellison had gone missing from her home between 8 a.m. and noon. Ellison, who suffers from Alzheimer’s, had left her residence located at 389 Pleasant Grove Road in a light-blue 1998 Mercury Grand Marquis heading in an unknown direction, Trooper Poole said.

Meanwhile, Trooper Richard Cutchall, also of the Mc- Connellsburg barracks, responded to a single-vehicle crash at 1401 Lincoln Way West that was determined to have occurred between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m.

Ellison, according to state police, was travelling west through McConnellsburg when her car crossed the eastbound lane and onto the southern berm. The car ran into a guide wire connected to a utility pole before driving down a steep embankment and into a wooded area. The Mercury Marquis came to a final rest when it struck a tree head-on.

Ellison, was not wearing a seat belt, police reported, and suffered blunt force trauma to her head and neck area. She was transported to Fulton County Medical Center via McConnellsburg Ambulance, where she was pronounced dead by Fulton County Coroner Berley Souders.

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