Driver charged after car hits three pedestrians

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A Pittsburgh police officer fired on a car, wounding one of the occupants, after it struck several pedestrians on the South Side early this morning, police said.

A black Pontiac Grand Am driven by Timothy D.L. Fullum, 26, of Wilkinsburg, struck a pedestrian in the 1500-block of East Carson Street and drove away shortly before 2:15 a.m., police said in a news release. The pedestrian was later treated and released from a local hospital.

Witnesses followed the car to 16th Street, where officers were responding to another call. Seeing the police, the driver reversed, hitting two more pedestrians, and turned onto Roland Street.

An officer on Roland Street shot at the vehicle, wounding a passenger, though his injuries were not life-threatening, said Pittsburgh police spokeswoman Diane Richard. Police did not release the name of the injured man or how many shots were fired.

The officer "made every attempt to evade the threat of the oncoming vehicle while fearing for his life," a police news release says.

Mr. Fullum, who sustained a large cut to his head, is charged with aggravated assault against a police officer, DUI, criminal attempted homicide against a police officer, three counts of accident involving death or personal injury, four counts of reckless endangerment, three counts aggravated assault and possession of marijuana and a firearms violation.

No charges were filed against the passengers, Ms. Richard said.

The officer, whom police did not identify, has been placed on paid leave per police bureau policy, pending investigation by the Allegheny County district attorney's office.

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First Published October 20, 2013 1:08 PM


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