Man Caught and Arraigned in Penn Ave Hit and Run of James Price

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Judging what is happening in the Lawrenceville hit and run with that Jeep, I am not sure much will happen, except this guy had no license and also had a pretty bad driving record with DUIs and a host of other things going on. My heart goes out to that man’s family. Hopefully this will help mend a bit, but you never really mend.


erok
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erok
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serving between two and a half and five years in prison


erok
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i’m actually surprised how fast this happened


chemicaldave
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I’m thinking someone tipped off the police to the identity of the car and driver. A shattered front windshield on a white car on the same night Price was killed is difficult to explain. A neighbor or relative may have put the dots together. I don’t see how the police could have found it, unless they reviewed security camera footage from locations nearby.


Marko82
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1) driving on a suspended license
2) Speeding
3) Leaving the scene
4) Lying to detectives
5) Oh yea, KILLING a person

Gets you two years. This is disgusting!


Mick
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Erok-
i’m actually surprised how fast this happened

A guilty plea can make everything go faster.

I had heard 5 years which made me happy. Two and a half years (maybe what? 15 months with good behavior?) is less than I would want, but the guy still has time to think about it.


Pseudacris
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I hope the 8 years of probation means no driving or substance abuse.


StuInMcCandless
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OK, now that we see that justice is done, to some degree, I would like to get back to the question I asked when this happened: Where was this guy going, both from and to, that he needed a car to do it? If he was driving with a suspended license, clearly he had to think about it once or twice, that anytime he got behind the wheel of a vehicle he was breaking the law, so you’d think there would be impetus to come up with an answer.

So, Pitcairn. One transit choice, the 69 Trafford. First bus through Pitcairn at 4:41, second at 5:26, then roughly every half hour through morning rush. Why wasn’t that an option? Did he not know how? Did he honestly try to use it and missed it that morning? Was fare payment an issue? Was a transfer necessary in there? Did he not have any sort of backup plan in case he missed the one bus?

All these questions matter. All are relevant. We’re again into the annual funding fight, where we find out in a few short months if they have to cut service *again*. Remember, Pinball Woman down on Smallman and 14th may well have been driving for lack of transit service, too.

There are reasons people drive, and many of them suck. Of those that do, poor policy choices, be it land-use or transportation, are behind those reasons.


stefb
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Channel 4 is going to have a story in the next half hour. I may be mistaken, but it looks like the ghost bike is gone (I just saw a teaser)?


stefb
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Nevermind. It is still there.


rice rocket
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Your unamused cat got a lot bigger on this page.


StuInMcCandless
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Yeah, avatars have quintupled in size during the afternoon.


rice rocket
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But only on this page. Go back a page and it’s fine?


salty
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Yeah, I just saw the ghost bike on Saturday.

I’m also wondering what happened to the driver who hit and killed Mr. Green on Penn a week later? IIRC that driver didn’t hit & run -probably because they hit a pole and couldn’t leave. I haven’t heard one word about that crash since right after it happened.


salty
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Also, responding to J Z – they did arrest the guy who stabbed Colin Albright but I haven’t heard about charges there either.


salty
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And I think I’ve cracked the mystery of the huge avatars. (ed: looks like it – http://bike-pgh.org/mb/topic/avatar-test/)


jonawebb
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Thanks to the now working search function on this site, I was able to find the post that told us that the driver who killed Anthony Green was referred for homicide investigation: http://bike-pgh.org/mb/topic/tune-into-kdka-news-tonight-at-6-for-an-updated-story-on-dan/#post-254824. So maybe that’s still going on. Haven’t heard anything else — I checked the court database this morning for more info.
I didn’t hear anything about the guy who stabbed Mr. Albright, either. My impression is that these things take a really long time, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t going to happen.


frisbee
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I was at the co-op at around 7:30 tonight… ghost bike still there. There is a light on the back that was lit (or maybe a reflection that looked like a light).


erok
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The verdict got a good amount of coverage.

I tried to compile them here.


Marko82
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Great resource erok, thanks for compiling.

In a similar vane, there was some discussion on the board a few weeks back of us cyclists showing up to show support at court hearings – just sitting in the courtroom with your helmet in hand to show that the cyclist isn’t alone. Is it possible to have a sticky thread or link from the home page that would track when upcoming court dates are so those of us that may want to go will know about it ahead of time? Or maybe include the court dates on the ride calendar in a different text color or something? We are pretty good at showing up to ribbon cuttings and such, but I think it’s just as important to start showing up in court too.

I was one of the dozens of cyclist who rode in support of the Price family shortly after the crash and I would have gone down to the hearing to show the judge and DA that there are people who care about the outcomes of these trials. I think if the DA saw that there are many “voters” who think that 2.5 years is far too little for the life of a fellow citizen then maybe they might work a little harder for justice the next time.


jonawebb
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http://ujsportal.pacourts.us/DocketSheets/CPReport.ashx?docketNumber=CP-02-CR-0015089-2012 has the court schedule. But don’t know how it corresponds to reality. There’s nothing there about anything in the last week, for example.


jonawebb
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Sorry, wrong thread.

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