Driver in fatal Pittsburgh crash sentenced to house arrest
July 15, 2014 11:27 PM
Photo courtesy of Caitlin Kollar
Judith Kollar at Idlewild.
By Paula Reed Ward / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Judith Kollar’s family wasn’t looking for a long period of incarceration.
Instead, family members asked the judge about to sentence Brian Jamieson if he could at least take away the man’s privilege to drive commercially.
But because Jamieson is a Canadian citizen, Common Pleas Judge Thomas E. Flaherty said he has no power to regulate his license there, so while it will be suspended in Pennsylvania, the same will not occur in Canada.
Truck driver gets house arrest for running over woman
Brian Jamieson, 62, of Niagara Falls, Ontario, a Canadian truck driver who ran over a woman who had already been struck by a car in the Strip District was sentenced this morning to six months house arrest. (Video by Paula Ward; 7/15/2014)
Instead, he sentenced Jamieson to six months of house arrest — to be served from an apartment the man is renting in McKeesport for that purpose.
Jamieson, 62, of Niagara Falls, Ontario, was found guilty at a bench trial in April of one count of failing to stop at the scene of an accident involving death.
Ms. Kollar, 53, of West Mifflin was in a crosswalk at Smallman and 14th streets the morning of Dec. 11, 2012, when she was struck by a car about 7:10 a.m.
The impact from the first vehicle tossed Ms. Kollar into the opposite lane where she was hit by Jamieson, who was driving a box truck delivering flowers for Flora Pack.
A third vehicle, an SUV, struck her again, pinning her body underneath it. She died a short time later. While the first and third vehicles stopped, Jamieson did not.
“I felt as a professional driver … I was struck by his not being aware,” Judge Flaherty said.
Jamieson continued driving and was stopped by police at the junction of Interstates 90 and 79 near Erie.
Ms. Kollar was a systems invoicing supervisor at Adagio Health Information System, Downtown.
Her daughter, Caitlin Kollar, called her mother’s death an “unbearable loss,” noting that her mother missed her wedding and the birth of her second grandchild.
Judith Kollar’s siblings described her as the glue that held their family together.
Ray Braszo, the victim’s brother, questioned Jamieson’s actions.
“I just wonder what he was doing that day,” he said. “Had he just seen what was in front of him … maybe we wouldn't have had a trial.”
For his part, Jamieson apologized, saying that he was focused on where he was going that morning. “I’m extremely sorry I was in any way responsible for the loss of this family, the suffering.”
Defense attorney Chris Capozzi asked Judge Flaherty to consider the collateral consequences suffered by Jamieson and his family since the incident: He has been out of work and will now be a convicted felon.
“It is important … to remember that Mr. Jamieson did not cause this accident,” the attorney said.
Jamieson has 81 days’ credit for time served since he was found guilty. After he has completed his six months, Judge Flaherty said he will be able to return to Canada.