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Pedestrian Killed in NVT Crash;
Police Seek Car That Fled Scene

Small, silver four-door car fled west on Route 30, detectives say

By Staff Reports
The Tube City Almanac
October 23, 2019
Posted in: Crime and Police News, North Versailles Twp. News

A pedestrian died Wednesday morning after being struck by at least two cars on Route 30 in North Versailles Twp.

One of the vehicles fled the scene, police said.

Allegheny County police Sgt. Venerando Costa said 63-year-old Ritchie Holmes of North Versailles was struck near the intersection of Route 30 and Taylor Street at around 7 a.m.

The corner is near the Sunoco station, just a few hundred yards east of the East McKeesport border. There are bus stops on both sides of the highway.

Holmes was taken to the hospital, where he died from his injuries, Costa said.

He is the second pedestrian killed in North Versailles in less than two months. On Sept. 10, Kevin Kolesar, 60, of North Versailles died after being struck by a car as he crossed Route 48 in front of Home Depot.

That accident also happened in the early morning hours on a weekday. Kolesar was a resident of a nearby assisted living facility and was headed to work at a local restaurant.

County police homicide and accident investigators were called to the scene of Wednesday's accident. A preliminary investigation showed that the victim was crossing Route 30 when he was struck by a Nissan Murano headed east, toward Irwin. That vehicle was driven by a 61-year-old man whose name has not been released by police. He stopped at the scene, police said.

The victim was then struck by a small, silver-colored four-door sedan that was traveling west, toward Pittsburgh. That car fled the scene.

Costa said detectives are working to identify the vehicle and its driver.

North Versailles Twp. police and Fire Department of North Versailles responded to the scene.

Anyone who may have witnessed the accident or who may have information about the driver of the car that fled is asked to call the Allegheny County police tip line at 1-833-ALL-TIPS (1-833-255-8477). Callers may remain anonymous.

County police also may be reached via Twitter and Facebook.

Originally published October 23, 2019.

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