Crash on Duquesne-McKeesport Bridge leads to charges against woman

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Duquesne city police today charged a Homestead woman accused of driving drunk and crashing an SUV on the Duquense-McKeesport Bridge shortly after midnight, seriously injuring her passenger.

Kennedy Billingsley, 22, is scheduled to be arraigned today on charges of aggravated assault by vehicle while driving under the influence, DUI and two traffic violations.

Shortly before 12:30 a.m., officers went to the bridge for a crash in which someone had been ejected.

At the on-ramp, Duquense police wrote in a criminal complaint, they found a Dodge Durango with front-end damage and a man they identified as Marshall Cotton lying on the road with what appeared to be severe injuries, including one to his head.

Ms. Billingsley was out of the SUV, frantic, and appeared to be "highly intoxicated," according to the complaint. She told police she and Mr. Cotton had been drinking in Clairton and that they were arguing, but said she couldn't remember what happened.

She first told officers that Mr. Cotton was driving, but later told them she couldn't remember who was the driver, police wrote in the complaint.

Officers found a man's shoe on the passenger side and said Mr. Cotton was missing one, the complaint continues. The driver's seat was also very close to the steering wheel; Mr. Cotton is 5-foot-11 and Ms. Billingsley is 5-foot-3, police wrote.


Molly Born: mborn@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1944.

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