Friday, April 7, 2017

Can you help?

A sixteen year old boy was struck by a white SUV while crossing Bower Hill Road at Concordia Way. The media report for this hit and run is below.

On March 22, 2017 at approximately 6:40pm, MLPD officers were dispatched to a residence on Pennsylvania Blvd in reference to a leaving the scene pedestrian crash that had occurred earlier at a different location.  

Upon arrival, officers spoke to a 16 year old male, who stated that he was walking home in the 1300 block of Bower Hill Road at about 6:05pm this evening. He was on the north side of the road, standing on the north west corner of Bower Hill Road and Concordia Way. As the pedestrian signal light changed to "walk", he began to walk across Concordia Way and observed a white SUV coming out of the west parking lot exit of Temple Emmanuel. As he was walking east, the white SUV then made a left turn out of the parking lot and "clipped" him. The 16 year old stated that the driver's side front fender and bumper hit him in the hip and back, and spun him around. He does not recall if he was knocked to the ground, but said that he saw the SUV slow down, then speed up as it went west on Bower Hill Road. The SUV then came to nearly a stop, then quickly accelerated again and left the area. 

The 16 year old felt positive that the driver of the SUV knew he had hit him, but did not stop to check on him. He believes that the SUV was a 2010-2012 Ford Escape, and he described the driver as a white male in his 40s. There was also a white female in her teens in the front passenger seat. He was unable to see the license plate of the vehicle that struck him. 

As a result of the crash, the 16 year old male stated that he was not injured, but had soreness in his back and wrist.

Investigative efforts to track down and identify the SUV, the driver or any witnesses to the incident have been unsuccessful at this point.

Aaron V. Lauth
Chief of Police
Mt Lebanon Police Department
555 Washington Road
Pittsburgh, PA  15228


Anonymous said...

"Investigative efforts to track down and identify the SUV, the driver or any witnesses to the incident have been unsuccessful at this point."

Haven't seen efforts on Face Book or Lebo Alerts.

Jason Margolis said...

What, now will they cull 16-year-olds?

Anonymous said...

Good point 2:23. You would think that that the police and/or the PIO would reach out to the public for this hit and run incident. I guess bashing PETCO by Susan Morgans was more important. Too bad it happened over two weeks ago and we're just hearing about it today from the police department. Thank you Elaine for taking the effort to get this info out, maybe we can solve this.

Nick M.

Anonymous said...

Let me get this straight. The MLPD waited until today to release this statement? Shame on them. Were they too busy eating donuts to post this earlier?


E. T. Gillen said...

No, no, no, Sylvia. Nick M. saw this on the police blotter and since I didn't know anything about it, emailed Aaron Lauth this morning for the media report.

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Nick and thank you, Elaine. I'm sick of those cops.


Anonymous said...

I inquired with Chief Lauth as to why social media (public's help) wasn't used to help track the hit and run driver, his response was:

"While it is our preference at the MLPD to solve all crimes, we realize that this is not a realistic expectation in all cases.

Based on our experience and the expertise of our officers, the appropriate investigative techniques were utilized to thoroughly followup on this incident. Unfortunately, all of those efforts proved to be unfruitful.

When making the decision to publicly release details of an incident, we consider a variety of factors to determine if publishing information would be beneficial to the investigation.

For this particular incident, it was concluded that based on the limited specific details and vague suspect and vehicle description, public release would most likely not contribute to the solvability of the incident.

In several cases, we have shared details and solicited information from public to assist us during investigations, and we will continue to do so when we determine it to be appropriate."

Nick M.

Anonymous said...

Looking at the police blotter does it seem like there are more vehicle hit in runs, burglaries and break-ins, terroristic threats, drunk and disorderlies, drugs and DUIs

Is Mt. Lebanon beginning to change?