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No charges expected in fatal crash

June 2, 2014 News Extra

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JEFFERSON TWP — Investigators believe a woman may have hit the gas pedal instead of the brake or suffered a momentary medical issue Friday morning when she plowed her vehicle into the front of a hair salon, killing a customer.

State police said they expect no charges would be filed in the 11:30 a.m. crash at Scissor Heaven hairstyling and tanning salon at 732 N. Pike Road.

“This happened to be an unfortunate accident,” Trooper Joe Zandarski said this morning.

Carol Peters, 74, of Butler was driving a 2008 Subaru Forester to her appointment at the salon when it struck a large window in the front of the building.

Janet Huth, 67, of Cabot was seated in the path of the sport utility vehicle. She was hit and killed.

Butler County Coroner William Young III said Huth was pronounced dead at the scene of blunt force trauma.

Jeff Gavin, 59, of Butler, who was seated near Huth while waiting for his wife who was getting her hair done, was injured from flying dry wall knocked loose from the crash.

Gavin was treated at Butler Memorial Hospital for minor injuries. Peters was not injured but was taken to Butler Memorial to be checked out.

“We believe what happened was a misstep of the pedals or (Peters) may have passed out for a brief time,” Zandarski said.

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