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10 September 2009

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Rachael Jankins initially told Upper Darby police that she was searching for her iPod last month when she veered off Lans-downe Avenue and onto the sidewalk, killing a Clifton Heights teenager and seriously injuring her friend.

But the presence of difluoroethane in her blood and the discovery of a can of the computer-cleaning spray Dust-Off in her Hyundai Accent may tell a different story about the Aug. 14 crash outside Delaware County Memorial Hospital.

Upper Darby police Superintendent Michael Chitwood Sr. said yesterday that the toxicology results show that Jankins, 20, of Haverford, was huffing the compressed air and was "under the impairing and psychoactive effects" of the inhalant at the time of the accident.

"We believe that at some point in time before the accident she took the can of Dust-Off and sprayed it in her mouth to get the effect of a high," Chitwood said. "We have now gone from a horrible accident to a criminal investigation."


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