West Mifflin Man Held in Accident That Injured Pedestrian

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A West Mifflin man is being held in the Allegheny County Jail in connection with an accident that injured a pedestrian near McKeesport City Hall.

Ashyon Smith, 20, is charged by McKeesport police with aggravated assault, driving under the influence of alcohol, leaving the scene of an accident involving an injury, reckless driving, driving on the sidewalk and related offenses.

He is jailed in lieu of $15,000 cash bond pending a preliminary hearing July 29 before Magisterial District Judge Eugene F. Riazzi Jr.

Police allege that Smith was driving a dark-gray SUV that collided with a utility pole just after midnight July 16.

The pole fell and struck a pedestrian, who had to be taken to UPMC McKeesport hospital by McKeesport Ambulance Rescue Service.

The victim told police she was walking to the store with a friend when the accident occured. Witnesses told police the SUV was traveling a high rate of speed in the 500 block of Fifth Avenue when it left the street, went up on the sidewalk, collided with a concrete trash can and the pole, and fled the scene.

Debris from the crash also struck a man riding his bicycle past the scene, police said.

A vehicle matching the description of the one involved in the crash was discovered a short time later by police, parked not far from the hospital, according to a police report.

Police said officers interviewed Smith in the hospital's emergency room, where they allege that he appeared to be under the influence of alcohol or some other intoxicant. Police said Smith would not consent to a blood test.

Originally published July 25, 2019.

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