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Update: Deadly Accident Stemmed From Shoplifting Incident

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One man is dead, after a police chase and crash Monday afternoon in Harborcreek.
Police say it all stemmed from a shoplifting incident at a nearby store.

After allegedly stealing merchandise from a Wal-Mart store, a man lead police on a high-speed chase, and wound up dead.

It happened about 2:30 Monday afternoon, on Firman Road in Harborcreek.
According to police, the 31 year old male driver from New York was fleeing from police, after allegedly stealing DVDs, from the Harborcreek Wal-Mart.
Police say he was driving anywhere from 80 to 100 miles per hour, when he lost control and slammed into a tree.

Police say he wasn't wearing a seatbelt, and was thrown from the vehicle. His body hit a parked truck, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The accident was all caught on the police dash-cam video, that's being used as part of the investigation.
Also, State Police spent much of the afternoon reconstructing the accident scene and collecting evidence.
Troopers say this was both an unfortunate, and avoidable accident.

"This started off as a retail theft. The individual fled from the troopers, when the speeds reached unsafe speeds the troopers had to back off. The subject didn't,. and paid with his life." Said State Police Sgt. Mark Zaleski.

The driver's name hasn't been released pending notification of family members.

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