Pittsburgh police investigate musician's assault on South Side
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Pittsburgh police are investigating after a man was assaulted on the South Side early Sunday morning.
Sgt. William Gorman in the bureau's Zone 2 station said Dave Whaley, a local musician, was crossing at 20th and Sarah streets when a Ford Mustang went through a traffic control signal and almost hit him.
After Mr. Whaley shouted for the vehicle to slow down, Sgt. Gorman said, the car stopped and a male about 6 feet tall, and more than 200 pounds, got out of the vehicle and hit Mr. Whaley, knocking him out.
"Sounds like one punch and he fell face first to the ground," Sgt. Gorman said.
Though the incident occurred at 1:30 a.m., the report was filed at 6:30 p.m. from UPMC Mercy, where Mr. Whaley remains awaiting surgery Tuesday, his friend, Joe Moore, said.
Mr. Whaley was unavailable for an interview, but Mr. Moore said his friend is an employee at Dave's Music Mine on East Carson Street. He said Mr. Whaley was walking home from Carson Street that night.
When Mr. Whaley woke up on 20th and Sarah streets, his friend said, he stumbled back to Carson Street, where a man recognized him and urged a passerby to call 911.
Mr. Whaley has a fractured orbital bone and doctors are concerned about his vision, Mr. Moore said.
Sgt. Gorman said another man was assaulted only a half-mile away the same night.
A Duquesne University student reported that "somebody coldcocked him," Sgt. Gorman said, and stole his phone and wallet in the 1300 block of Carson Street about 12:30 a.m.
First Published November 12, 2012 4:32 pm