Monday, September 8, 2014
Princeton woman charged in 2 Bensalem hit & run accidents
Posted: Thursday, September 4, 2014
After leading Bensalem police on a pursuit after a hit-and-run accident Thursday morning, a 19-year-old Princeton woman ran a red light and caused another crash, according to police.
The unidentified driver of the other car in the second crash was taken to St. Mary Medical Center in Middletown where she was listed in stable condition Thursday night, police said.
The alleged hit-and-run driver, Sara Culhane, of Library Place, was also taken to St. Mary for treatment of unspecified injuries and released Thursday afternoon, police said.
The two accidents occurred two miles apart. Bensalem police said they were pursuing Culhane in her 2006 black BMW after she hit a car on Blanche Road and drove away. The driver of that car was not injured, Sgt. William McVey said.
Responding police saw the BMW and attempted to stop it near the intersection of Mechanicsville and Street roads, but they said Culhane continued driving north on Mechanicsville Road. Bensalem terminated the pursuit after a patrol supervisor determined that Culhane wasn’t stopping, according to police.
The BMW continued driving north on Mechanicsville Road, where it failed to stop at a red light around 10 a.m. and struck a Toyota Corolla that was westbound on Street Road, police said.
After the second crash, police said Culhane got out of her damaged car and started running from the crash scene. Police officers ran after her and she was taken into custody.
Culhane allegedly kicked one of the officers in the head when they were trying to arrest her. The officer didn’t require medical treatment, police said.
Culhane is charged with aggravated assault, fleeing or attempting to elude police, accidents involving death or personal injury, resisting arrest and traffic violations. She was arraigned before Bensalem District Judge Joseph Falcone and sent to Bucks County prison in lieu of 10 percent of $750,000 bail.