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A Pittsburgh man was charged with aggravated assault, recklessly endangering other persons and reckless driving after McKeesport police allege that he deliberately caused a three-car wreck in the East End in an attempt to injure himself.
Carl E. Taylor, 30, of Lawrenceville faces a preliminary hearing May 10 before Magisterial District Judge Eugene Riazzi. He is currently being held in the Allegheny County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bond.
City police said they were dispatched to the area under the McKeesport-Duquesne Bridge during evening rush hour on April 20 for a report of a three-vehicle crash with injuries.
Upon arrival in the 1700 block of Fifth Avenue, police said, they found a 2014 Honda sedan had collided with the rear of a 2007 Hyundai sedan. A 2021 Subaru had then collided with the rear of the 2014 Honda.
Both the driver of the Honda and the driver of the Subaru were transported to UPMC McKeesport Hospital for treatment of neck and back injuries. Two boys, ages 7 and 8, who were passengers in the Honda were not injured, police said.
Both the Honda and the Subaru had extensive damage, police said, and all three cars were towed from the scene.
Police questioned the driver of the Hyundai, whom they identified as Taylor. According to a police report, Taylor told officers that he “does not want to live” and came to an abrupt halt in traffic in an attempt to commit suicide.
Taylor was taken to UPMC McKeesport Hospital for treatment and a psychiatric evaluation, police said.
Charges were filed against Taylor because his actions were deliberate and caused injuries to other persons, police said.
Taylor is also charged with failure to maintain auto insurance and a moving violation, according to court records.
Originally published April 29, 2021.