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Surveillance video shows moments before police-involved crash

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New video obtained by abc27 News shows 48-year-old Selina Martin, a bystander in Saturday's horrific police-involved crash in Harrisburg, sweeping leaves off her front sidewalk before being mowed over and pinned by two vehicles.

The surveillance footage, shot from a convenience store, shows the crash occurring at precisely 6:30 p.m. According to a criminal complaint, 29-year-old Christopher Slaughter was eluding city police officers who had him pulled over on the 2400-block of North 6th Street for a traffic violation.

Slaughter drove his SUV through several side streets, eventually pulling out onto 6th Street from Forrest Street. He then t-boned another police SUV driver by K-9 Officer Daniel Peiper, causing it to flip onto its roof, which trapped Martin underneath.

"I came downstairs and she was pinned under the car, screaming for me to get it off of her," Martin's fiance Barry Haywood said. "There was nothing I could do but talk to her."

Haywood told abc27 Tuesday that Martin is still in critical condition at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. She underwent several successful surgeries, but remains sedated to minimize pain.

Police sources said Peiper also remains in critical, but stable condition in Hershey, but had his breathing tube removed Tuesday -- "a sure sign of progress."

Slaughter is in Dauphin County Prison on $125,000 bail. He is charged with misdemeanor escape and a summary "unsafe lane change" charge. On Sunday, police told abc27 they discovered cocaine inside Slaughter's vehicle, but court paperwork does not yet indicate any drug-related charges.

District Attorney Ed Marsico is investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash. Mayor Linda Thompson said it will be some time until the findings are released, as they await a final reconstruction report from Dauphin County, and toxicology results for Slaughter.

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