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Probe Continues Into Death Of Wilkes-Barre Woman In Erie

July 11, 2018

Police traffic investigators are continuing to collect and review evidence in a car-pedestrian accident that killed a Wilkes-Barre woman in Millcreek Twp. near Erie on Friday night.

No determination has been made so far as to whether any charges will be filed in the crash that happened in the 3100 block of West 26th Street on Friday at about 10:30 p.m., Millcreek police Sgt. Antony Chimera said Tuesday. The investigation into the crash is ongoing and investigators are working to finish it up, he said.

According to Millcreek police, a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu driven by 22-year-old Erie resident Joshua Frye was traveling west on West 26th Street in the right-hand curb lane when the car struck 64-year-old Lanis A. Ellis, of Wilkes-Barre, near the West Ridge Fire Department station.

Ellis was transported from the scene by Millcreek Paramedic Service to UPMC Hamot, where she was pronounced dead a short time later.

Frye and a passenger in his car were not injured, according to police.

Chimera said Tuesday that Ellis was walking westbound with her back to traffic when she was hit from behind. There is no sidewalk in the area of the crash, and investigators are trying to determine whether Ellis was walking along the shoulder or in the travel lane, he said.

The area where the crash occurred is not well-lit, Chimera added.

The Erie County Coroner’s Office announced over the weekend it was looking for relatives of Ellis. A daughter, who lives in Philadelphia, was found, and Ellis has been released to a local funeral home, Deputy Coroner John Maloney said Tuesday.

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