FOREST HILLS, Pa. — Authorities and witnesses say a priest drove into a group of churchgoers after a Good Friday service near Pittsburgh, killing an 89-year-old woman and injuring four other people.

Madeline Romell’s leg had to be amputated shortly after the Friday afternoon crash in the parking lot of St. Maurice Catholic Church in Forest Hills.

She was pronounced dead about five hours later.


Four others were hurt but Forest Hills Mayor Ray Heller says their injuries weren’t life-threatening.

He says the injuries included a broken leg and a broken arm.

Parishioner Angela Thomas tended to the injured, including a man pinned under the car.

She says the priest told her the accelerator just went.

Witnesses say the priest served at St. Maurice’s.

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