Vehicle in Fatal Penn Hills Hit-and-Run Tracked to City

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

(Photo courtesy Allegheny County police)


A car wanted in connection with a fatal hit-and-run accident in Penn Hills has been tracked to McKeesport.

Allegheny County police Inspector Andrew Schurman said Friday morning that investigators located the car, a silver-blue Saturn sedan, parked at Hi-View Gardens apartments on Sixth Avenue.

In a prepared released, Schurman said police acted on a lead received through the county's tip line. More information is expected later on Friday, he said.

Police said Joseph Morris, 51, of Penn Hills, was struck by a car on the night of April 28 and dragged about a half-mile.

Police said Morris had just left work at a nearby Duquesne Light facility and was walking on Hershey Road in Penn Hills when he was struck by the car. His body was found in the 1800 block of Universal Road --- about a half-mile away --- at around 9:30 p.m.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

County police said the driver of the vehicle that struck Morris fled the scene before emergency crews responded.

Detectives obtained video surveillance footage from the neighborhood that showed the vehicle that struck Morris, and also found physical evidence at the scene that enabled them to positively identify the make, model and color of the car, according to county police.

Police have been contacting auto body repair shops in the east suburbs in an attempt to locate the car, and last week friends and family offered a $13,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and prosecution of the driver.

Joseph Morris (Photo courtesy Nied Funeral Homes)

A 1988 graduate of Duquesne High School, Morris left behind several sisters and brothers. He was buried at Homewood Cemetery in Pittsburgh following a funeral Mass Thursday at Madonna Del Castello Church in Swissvale.

Memorial donations may be made towards the "Joseph Morris Reward Memorial" c/o PNC Bank, PO Box 737, Warrendale, PA 15095.

Anyone with information is asked to call Allegheny County police's tip line at 1-833-ALL-TIPS. Callers may remain anonymous. County police also may be reached via Twitter and Facebook.

Originally published May 10, 2019.

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