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Black Box Evidence Allowed In Fatal I-79 Crash Trial

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WASHINGTON, Pa. (KDKA) — Stormy Hunter is slated to appear Thursday and tell the judge whether she wants a jury trial, a bench trial or whether she will enter a plea.

She’s facing charges in connection to a double fatal crash on Interstate 79 in North Strabane in February of 2011.

A judge says blood alcohol evidence and speed evidence from a black box will be admitted, setting the stage for possible plea.

Mike Mercolini, brother of the dead victims, clutched a picture of his brothers as he left the courtroom.

He told KDKA’s Harold Hayes, “We want justice. Nobody should be able to be involved in a crash like this and think they did nothing wrong.”

During the hearing, a state trooper testified that based on field sobriety tests she appeared to have been drinking but could have operated a vehicle safely.

The trooper also testified about the speed of Hunter’s car, according to the event data recorder seconds before the crash.

The data indicated Hunter was going 92 mph five seconds and 89 mph one second before impact.

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