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Jury to get Harrisburg crash case Wednesday

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

Closing arguments are scheduled Wednesday at the trial of a Harrisburg man who seriously injured a police officer and a city woman when he crashed during a pursuit last year.

Christopher Slaughter, 30, is on trial for crashing into Officer Daniel Peiper's police SUV in the 2400 block of N. Sixth Street on April 20, 2013.

Peiper and his K-9 partner Thor were trapped inside the overturned police vehicle and Selina Martin was pinned under the SUV as she swept her sidewalk.

Martin testified Monday that she had severe hallucinations after coming out of a coma months after the crash and still suffers from chronic pain. Her injuries included a collapsed lung, a crushed pelvis and other broken bones.

Peiper told the jury his injuries included a collapsed lung, broken ribs, a fractured pelvis, a head wound and a laceration to his spleen. He returned to work last week, but is limited to four hours of office duties a day.

Prosecutors say Slaughter had outstanding warrants when he was stopped for a traffic violation, but as officers approached his Lincoln SUV he took off at a high rate of speed.

He ignored 10 stop signs, weaved around traffic and nearly struck a woman and a child before crashing into Peiper's parked vehicle.

He faces charges including aggravated assault, fleeing and eluding, reckless endangerment, and possession with intent to deliver cocaine.

His attorney, Jay Whittle, told jurors that Slaughter did not intend to harm anyone. He called the crash an "unfortunate fate."

The jury is expected to begin deliberations in the afternoon.


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