The New Castle woman charged with crashing into a police cruiser while fleeing from officers, killing a 60-year-old Shenango Township officer was transferred from St. Elizabeth Health Center to the Mahoning County Jail to await extradition proceedings.
Kylee Barletto, 25, was guarded by Youngstown and Pennsylvania State police at the hospital for four days following the accident. She suffered head injuries and facial lacerations during the crash near New Castle’s Cascade Park.
She will be extradited back to Lawrence County.
Barletto is facing charges including two counts of first-degree felony aggravated assault, second-degree felony manslaughter of a law enforcement officer, third-degree fleeing to elude an officer, third-degree felony causing an accident involving a death and misdemeanor charges of involuntary manslaughter, recklessly endangering another person and simple assault.
She was also charged with driving without a license, her fifth citation for doing so since March 2012. She was also charged with running past four stop signs during the chase, records show.
The charges carry a maximum 71 years in prison.
The crash killed part-time officer Jerry McCarthy IV. The officer in the driver’s seat of McCarthy’s car, Michael Lynch, 35, suffered serious injuries, police said.
Barletto told investigators she “did something stupid” and never stopped because she had a suspended license, according to the criminal complaint. She also told investigators something was wrong with her car and was unable to stop.
A friend of Barletto’s said she and Barletto were talking on the phone at the time of the crash. Toxicology results are still being analyzed.
McCarthy was a husband and father of two sons, one daughter, a step son and a step daughter.
He retired after more than 30 years working at Grove City College in Safety Services. McCarthy was hired in 2011 by the Lawrence County District Attorney’s office as a county detective and as a county humane agent and worked as a part-time patrolman for Shenango Township.
A search of Pennsylvania court records shows police cited Barletto for eight driving violations since 2008, including four citations for driving without a license since March 2012.
In 2008, she was cited for driving with headphones on. The next year she was caught driving without financial responsibility and without a valid license. In 2011, she was cited for failing to stop at a stop sign.
Officers in 2012 cited her in March, May and October. She was last cited for driving without a license on April 5.