Long investigation expected in fatal Pittsburgh crash

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Speed was a "definite factor" in a weekend crash that killed two teenagers and seriously injured two others in Beechview, Pittsburgh police said Monday.

Police said they do not yet know who was driving the GMC Envoy that crashed into the curb and flipped near Crane Avenue and Saw Mill Run Boulevard about 3 a.m. Sunday, killing 18-year-old Kahdejah Cammon-Perkins and 17-year-old Mysharri Millender.

They and the two male teenagers with them, Montez Dixon, 19, of Beltzhoover, and Khyree Gardenhire, 17, were thrown out of the SUV. Dixon and Khyree, whose address was not released, were taken to local hospitals in critical condition and police said they did not have an update on their conditions Monday evening.

"This will be a long investigative process," police spokeswoman Diane Richard said.

She said officers are attempting to determine whether alcohol might have contributed to the crash. Results of toxicology tests on Ms. Cammon-Perkins and Mysharri, both of Stanton Heights, will not be available for about four months, she said. The Allegheny County medical examiner's office said both died of blunt force trauma and ruled both deaths accidental.

Several hours after the crash, Pittsburgh police were called to Dixon's home.

Ms. Richard said officers were called to a home in the 300 block of Michigan Street about 10 p.m. after multiple people called authorities to say they heard shots fired in the area.

When officers arrived, they found shell casings on the front porch and spotted movement inside but could not persuade anyone to answer the door, so they called the SWAT team for assistance, Ms. Richard said.

A short while later, they stopped a woman who had left the home with three children, ages 6, 9 and 12. The woman told police she did not know anything about a shooting because she had been asleep, Ms. Richard said.

When officers searched the home, they found a gun lying in plain sight and "what appeared to be fresh bullet holes in the ceiling," Ms. Richard said. They also found cocaine, she said. No one had been charged as of Monday night.

Ms. Cammon-Perkins had recently left Clayton Academy to pursue a GED at the Community College of Allegheny County; Mysharri was a student at Clayton Academy.


Liz Navratil: lnavratil@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1438 or on Twitter @LizNavratil.

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