Police Seek Owner of Car in Fatal Hit-Run

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A McKeesport woman is wanted by Allegheny County police in connection with a fatal hit-and-run accident in Penn Hills.

County detectives said Tuesday they have obtained an arrest warrant for 21-year-old Modesty L. Hopper (above) in connection with the April 28 death of Joseph Morris, 51, of Penn Hills.

Police allege that Hopper's Saturn sedan struck Morris on Hershey Road in Penn Hills and dragged him about a half-mile to Universal Road, then fled. Morris, who was walking home from work, was pronounced dead at the scene.

County police have charged Hopper with hindering apprehension or prosecution, a felony. She is not charged with being the driver.

Evidence found at the scene of the incident tied Morris' death to a silver-blue Saturn sedan, county police said.

Acting on a tip, county police last week found a Saturn sedan parked at the Hi View Gardens apartment complex in McKeesport, and they believe it was the car involved in the hit-and-run.

Hopper is the registered owner, said county police Lt. Kenneth Ruckel, and is wanted for her role "in obstructing the ongoing investigation into this incident."

Her current whereabouts are unknown, Ruckel said. A $13,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the driver.

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 14, 2019.

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