Former Allegheny County police officer sentenced for fatally hitting a woman with his vehicle

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A White Oak man was sentenced to one to two years incarceration for leaving the scene after striking and killing a woman in McKeesport last year.

Timothy Tatters, 66, also was ordered by Common Pleas Judge Joseph K. Williams III to serve eight years probation.

According to the prosecution, Tatters, a retired Allegheny County police officer, was driving home from the Corral Club bar at 4:45 a.m. on Jan. 16, 2013, when he struck Lorraine Wilkes, 56, at Lysle Boulevard and Huey Street.

She later died at UPMC Mercy.

Tatters said he believed he struck a dog, but when he returned home and saw the severity of damage on his Jeep Cherokee, he suspected he hit a deer instead.

Police used pieces of his vehicle and a tip from a neighbor to track Tatters down.

He told investigators he had been at the bar about 11 hours that day, and after seeing news reports about Wiles’ death knew police would be coming for him.

He pleaded guilty in March to one count of accidents involving death or personal injury.

Tatters left the county police in 1993.


Paula Reed Ward: pward@post-gazette.com or 412-263-2620.

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