Woman faces charges after vehicle crashes into revolving doors at UPMC Mercy

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A Crafton woman is facing charges after she tried to drive off in a stolen vehicle, crashed into the revolving door and valet stand at UPMC Mercy Hospital and struck four people, Pittsburgh police said.

Nicole Clelland, 34, had been a patient in the emergency room, public safety spokeswoman Sonya Toler said. She was asked to leave the hospital on the Bluff because she was being aggressive toward hospital staff, city police wrote in a criminal complaint.

Around 11:30 a.m., she left and entered an unoccupied, running courier vehicle, police said. Clelland then sped backward "at a high rate of speed" into the valet stand and doors, striking four people, the complaint stated.

Three of the four people who were struck — a 74-year-old woman; two men, ages 41 and 26; and a 14-year-old girl — were injured and treated at Mercy, police said. Ms. Toler said their injuries were minor.

Clelland was trapped in the wrecked vehicle, and after being extracted from the car, was also treated for minor injuries, the complaint stated.

The city’s Bureau of Building Inspection was summoned to the scene and determined there was no structural damage. Ms. Toler said the door will need to be replaced.

Clelland is in the Allegheny County Jail and faces charges of theft by unlawful taking, recklessly endangering another person, aggravated assault, receiving stolen property, criminal mischief and causing an accident while driving without a license.


Molly Born: mborn@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1944. Lexi Belculfine: lbelculfine@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1878. Twitter: @LexiBelc First Published May 13, 2014 12:12 PM


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