Homestead man charged with homicide while DUI

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A Homestead man has been charged with homicide by vehicle while driving drunk, involuntary manslaughter and related crimes in the death of a man earlier this month in Duquesne.

Allegheny County police said Jeffrey Hancock, 30, was intoxicated and driving recklessly the night of March 9 when his Lexus sedan struck a Grand Am driven by Parrish Parker, 41, causing the Grand Am to slam into Oliver Plaza Apartments.

Police at the time said Mr. Parker was stopped for oncoming traffic at North Second Street ramp and Route 837 when the crash occurred just before 9:30 p.m.

Mr. Parker, who lived at Oliver Plaza, died at the scene.

Hancock's attorney John J. Zagari declined to comment.

William Duhart, a passenger in Hancock's vehicle, also was injured in the crash, county police wrote in a criminal complaint.

Me. Duhart told investigators that the two were at High Roller's Club in Homestead and that he didn't know how much Hancock had drunk when Hancock offered him a ride.

Hancock's blood alcohol level, taken shortly after the crash, was 0.221 -- more than 2½ times the legal limit for driving in Pennsylvania, police wrote in the complaint.

Hancock told a Duquesne sergeant at the scene that the driver of the other car had pulled out in front of him, police wrote.

Online court records show Hancock has two pending DUI cases for separate 2013 incidents. He is scheduled to appear before Common Pleas Judge Thomas E. Flaherty of Allegheny County in April for a Phoenix docket conference, a program to expedite minor cases.

A preliminary hearing on the latest set of charges is scheduled April 4.


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