Pedestrian killed by Monroeville police vehicle identified

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A 49-year-old man died Thursday night after a Monroeville police officer struck him with his car, Allegheny County police said today.

County police said Michael Barnes of Monroeville was walking in the 3900 block of Monroeville Boulevard shortly before 7:30 p.m. when an on-duty Monroeville officer hit him.

They said there was not a crosswalk or a traffic signal in the area where Mr. Barnes was walking.

"The investigation is currently on-going and no further information will be released at this time," Allegheny County homicide Sgt. Scott Scherer said in an afternoon press release. He said the Allegheny County district attorney's office will review the case to determine whether charges should be filed.

Monroeville police Chief Steven Pascarella said the veteran officer in the patrol division, whose name he would not release, has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, per normal police procedure.

The officer was also tested for drugs and alcohol, per department policy.

George Stakelin, a maintenance man at the nearby Northern Pike apartments, said he heard the crash but did not see it.

"I heard the boom," he said. "It sounded like two cars crashing together."

Mr. Stakelin said that when he arrived a firefighter or paramedic was attempting to do CPR on Mr. Barnes. He said medics worked on Mr. Barnes for a bit in the ambulance before they drove him to Forbes Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 7:49 p.m., according to the Allegheny County medical examiner's office.

Mr. Stakelin said it was light at the time of the crash and he did not see the officer's emergency lights flashing when he arrived at the scene.

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Liz Navratil: lnavratil@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1438. Twitter: @LizNavratil. Molly Born contributed. First Published October 3, 2013 11:30 PM


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