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February 2, 2014

Woman pleads in accident case

DELAWARE, PYMATUNING and HEMPFIELD TOWNSHIPS — Amanda Ann Kline, 28, of 1515 Greenville-Mercer Road, pleaded guilty to combined charges of endangering the welfare of children, accident involving death or injury, driving with a suspended license and driving under the influence of a controlled substance.

She is facing 9è to 19 years in prison if her sentences run consecutively.

As part of the plea deal, charges of aggravated assault by vehicle, accident involving damage, and five traffic violations were dropped.

Kline’s children, 4-year-old twins, a 3-year-old, and a 17-day-old at the time of the accident, were flown to UPMC Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh with severe head trauma.

The long-term effects of the children’s injuries are not known.

Witnesses told police that the van Kline was driving north on South River Road in Delaware Township blew through a stop sign at Kidds Mill Road and slammed into a pickup that rolled and hit a tree in Pymatuning Township.

The driver and a passenger in the truck were treated for moderate injuries at UPMC Horizon, Greenville.

When police caught up with Kline at Hamburg Road and Ruth Avenue in Hempfield Township the van was missing a front tire, the front bumper, grille and headlights, police said, adding the hood was dragging on the ground on the passenger side, and both airbags were deployed.

Kline’s bond was reduced Jan. 24 from $100,000 to $10,000.

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