Man faces DUI trial in pedestrian’s death

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A Beechview man waived his preliminary hearing Friday morning on charges that while drunk he struck and killed a pedestrian with his car.

Michael Rafaloski, 25, faces charges of homicide by vehicle, involuntary manslaughter and other crimes in connection with the Feb. 9 crash that killed Sean Conroy, 25, of Munhall.

Prosecutors Friday withdrew one count of driving under the influence but a second count remains.

Pittsburgh police wrote in a criminal complaint that they found Mr. Conroy lying on the road in the 2300 block of Pioneer Avenue after someone called 911 to report hearing a crash. Mr. Conroy was taken to UPMC Mercy, where he died about a half hour later.

A few blocks away, police wrote, they found a blue Ford Explorer with front end damage parked in the driveway at Mr. Rafaloski’s house. Police said Mr. Rafaloski showed a blood alcohol level of 0.129 on a breath test.

He told detectives, according to a criminal complaint, that he drank at a pub with some friends that night and remembered hitting something on Pioneer Avenue, but thought it might have been a deer.

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