Superintendent William F. Phillips of the Shenango Township Police Department confirmed that Patrolman William J. “Jerry” McCarthy IV, 60, was killed in a motor vehicle crash that occurred about 10:00 p.m. Thursday in New Castle. He was a detective with a district attorney’s office, but was working part-time as a patrol officer in another jurisdiction.
McCarthy was a passenger in a patrol vehicle driven by Officer Michael Lynch. They were assisting the New Castle Police with a vehicle pursuit. A New Castle Police officer attempted to make a traffic stop on Division Street involving a red vehicle that was being operated in an erratic manner. The driver was recognized by the New Castle officer. Her driver’s license was suspended. The driver fled as all attempts were made to get her to stop her vehicle.
Officer Lynch positioned his patrol vehicle near Cascade Street and Warren Avenue in New Castle as the pursuit approached. Officer Lynch’s vehicle was suddenly struck broadside in the passenger side door. The suspect vehicle, which was traveling at a high rate of speed, came down a side street and ran a stop sign. Officer Lynch also sustained injuries in the crash. Both Officer Lynch and McCarthy were transported to Jameson Hospital in New Castle,. Officer McCarthy died en route.
The female driver, identified as Kylee Barletto, 25, also sustained injuries. She was transported to an Ohio trauma center in Ohio. Both Officer Lynch and Barletto remain hospitalized and are recovering from their injuries.
The Pennsylvania State Police are conducting the investigation as the incident involved multiple jurisdictions and because an officer was killed. The State Police will be seeking search warrants for the medical records of Barletto as evidence of possible alcohol intoxication. Charges are pending completion of the pursuit and crash investigation. The Pennsylvania State Police Traffic Crash Reconstruction Team assisted in the investigation.
One source close to the investigation stated that Barletto stated that she “did something stupid.” and “didn’t stop for police because her license was suspended.” Court records show that Officer Lynch had cited Barletto for driving on a suspended license on April 12th.
Officer McCarthy worked part time for the Shenango Township Police Department and was a detective in the Lawrence County District Attorney’s office.
Detective William J. “Jerry” McCarthy, IV, gone but never forgotten. EOW: Thursday, May 2, 1013
“Graphic created by Fellow Officer Rose Borisow GraFX”
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