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Perkasie woman charged in fatal crash


Hilltown Township Police Department has charged a Perkasie woman in the death of a Sellersville resident, resulting from a motor vehicle crash.

Tsegai Gebremichael, 56, was pronounced dead at the scene of the two-vehicle, single-fatality crash that occurred on Route 113 between Moyer Road and Hamilton Street in Blooming Glen at approximately 5:23 a.m. Dec. 16.

The driver of the other car, Danae Marie Swartz, 26, of the 1000 block of Deerfield Circle, Perkasie, was charged Dec. 18, with one count homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence; one count homicide by vehicle; one count driving under the influence of alcohol and/or controlled substances; and one count driving on roadways laned for traffic.

Police said a blue 2005 Honda Civic driven by Swartz was traveling southbound on Route 113, and Gebremichael’s white 1991 Honda Civic was traveling northbound on Route 113 when the crash occurred.

Swartz’s car went out of control while negotiating a left curve causing it to rotate counterclockwise and cross into the northbound lane where its right front side struck the front end of Gebremichael’s car, police said.

Swartz was transported to St. Luke’s Hospital in Bethlehem for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. She was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Regina Armitage of New Britain and remanded to the Bucks County Correctional Facility in lieu of posting $500,000 cash bail. A Preliminary Hearing has been scheduled before Armitage at 1:45 p.m. Jan. 8.

Hilltown Police were assisted by the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office, the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office Crash Investigation Team, Silverdale Fire Department, Grand View Hospital’s Medic 151, Bedminster Township Police, and the Bucks County Coroner’s Office.

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