Owner of Car Suspected in Fatal Hit-Run Surrenders to Police

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

The owner of a car that is suspected of being involved in a fatal hit-and-run accident in Penn Hills has surrendered to police.

Allegheny County police said Modesty L. Hopper, 21, of McKeesport is being held in the Allegheny County Jail pending formal arraignment on a charge of hindering apprehension or prosecution.

Police allege that Hopper's Saturn sedan struck Joseph Morris, 51, of Penn Hills on April 28 and dragged him about a half-mile, the fled the scene. Morris was pronounced dead at the scene.

The car was located in the parking lot of Hi View Gardens on Sixth Avenue in McKeesport on May 10. Police said they have physical evidence that links the vehicle to the accident scene.

Originally published May 15, 2019.

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