Girl killed after hit by drunk driver
Being arrested for drunk driving in Pittsburgh is a serious crime. If you injure or kill someone while drunk behind the wheel, it will change your life and the lives of those you’ve affected forever. If you have injured someone while drunk driving, you will want to speak to an experienced Pennsylvania DUI attorney who understands the sensitivity of these types of cases. Businesses, groups within the community, and individuals are collecting money to help pay the funeral expenses of a 6-year-old Shaler girl who was struck and killed by a drunk driving suspect as her, her mother, and a friend were leaving a play date late Saturday night. The girl died of her injuries early Sunday morning at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. A 20-year-old from Millvale allegedly lost control of his 2004 Ford Mustang on Locust Ridge Drive about 10:35 p.m. Saturday night, and hit a mailbox before hitting the girl and her mother, according to police. The mother refused treatment; the other child was not hurt. The girl’s father and his friends are firemen in the area. Those interviewed tell reporters that everyone is feeling the family’s loss. The girl could often be seen at the fire hall with her dad. Several fire companies from around the area will be holding fundraisers to help support the girl’s family. Visitation for the girl is set for Wednesday and Thursday at the Bock Funeral Home along Mt. Royal Boulevard in Shaler. The funeral is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday at the Ross Community Presbyterian Church along Nelson Run Road. Businesses, community members, and school groups are organizing fundraisers to contribute money to the fund. The Shaler Cubs youth football and cheerleading organization is also collecting donations this week at practice. The Shaler Area Titan Football Booster Association and the Shaler Area Cheerleaders will collect donations Friday night at the home football game against North Allegheny. The Shaler football booster group will donate its proceeds from the 50/50 raffle at Friday’s game to the funeral fund. In addition, the Shaler Tanning Salon at 1643 Butler Plank Road in Shaler is holding a cut-a-thon at 10 a.m. Wednesday. The Romp N Roll skating rink on 1661 East Sutter Road in Shaler is holding a charity skate in the girl’s name from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Sunday. Proceeds from both events will benefit the family. The man in question is charged with homicide and aggravated assault by vehicle while driving under the influence, involuntary manslaughter, and several other counts. He told police that he drank at least ten beers and smoked marijuana before driving. He lost control coming around a bend before hitting the girl and her mother in a driveway, according to police. Court records show the man did not have a lawyer as of Monday. His preliminary hearing is set for 9 October in front of Judge Jeffrey Manning at the Allegheny County Pleas Court. If you have questions about drunk driving arrests or incidences where people are hurt or killed because of a drunk driver, please call Pittsburgh criminal defense attorney Gary Gerson today for a free consultation at 412-219-6875.