Police seeking owner of tow truck in fatal Penn Hills accident

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The owner of a tow truck that was involved in a fatal accident Saturday in Penn Hills may face charges for allowing a man to take the wheel who was not licensed and was under the influence.

County police said Duane Woodson, 50, was driving a tow truck owned by a local car repair shop when he slammed head-on into a car driven by 45-year-old Christine Beilstein of Plum. Ms. Beilstein was pronounced dead at the scene and her 9-year-old son was taken to Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC in critical condition.

Lt. Andrew Schurman of the county police homicide unit said detectives were attempting to track down the person who owned the tow truck to see if the owner knew Mr. Woodson was not licensed to drive. If the owner allowed Mr. Woodson to drive, the person could face charges in the incident that led to Ms. Beilstein's death. He did not know who owned the tow truck.

"We're evaluating the owner of the tow truck's involvement in this and if he's found culpable he could be cited in some capacity," Lt. Schurman said. neigh_east

Moriah Balingit: mbalingit@post-gazette.com, 412-263-2533 or on Twitter @MoriahBee. First Published May 14, 2012 5:45 PM


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