Woman charged for crash that killed trooper

posted Tue, Apr 22, 2008

Daily Local

By JENNIFER MILLER

AVONDALE -The woman accused of taking the life of a rookie state trooper surrendered to state police Tuesday and is now in Chester County Prison.

Kristina M. Quercetti, 40, of Landenberg, is accused of homicide by vehicle while under the influence, aggravated assault, endangering a child and a slew of other charges following a March 27 car accident that caused fatal injuries to 24-year-old Avondale Trooper Kenton E. Iwaniec.

Quercetti appeared in the Avondale district court where she chose to not post bail and instead go to prison immediately. After the arraignment, which Quercetti sobbed through, she told a group of reporters she was sorry for her actions.

In a criminal complaint, police said Quercetti’s blood alcohol content was highly over the legal limit and at the time of the crash she was driving roughly 70 mph with her headlights off.

The crash occurred on March 27 about 10:15 p.m. on Route 41 near Mosquito Lane in London Grove. Iwaniec died the following day in surgery, police said.

Quercetti was treated for minor injuries to her foot. Quercetti’s 5-year-old son was in the back seat of her car during the crash but was uninjured.

A third vehicle involved in the crash was driven by Larry Keith, 64, of Ephrata.

Keith was uninjured and drove his car from the crash, records say.

Iwaniec’s funeral was April 4 at St. Vincent Basilica Parish in Unity, roughly 40 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.

About 160 state troopers attended the services with hundreds of family members and friends.

To contact staff writer Jennifer Miller, send an e-mail to jmiller@dailylocal.com

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