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Hearing Set for Man in Work Zone Crash

By Staff Reports
The Tube City Almanac
June 30, 2022
Posted in: Crime and Police News

A McKeesport man remains free on bond pending a preliminary hearing after city police allege he crashed the car he was driving into a work zone on the Jerome Avenue Bridge, seriously injuring one woman and endangering 14 others, who ran or jumped out of the way.

Harry B. Hobson, 60, is charged with aggravated assault by vehicle, driving under the influence, careless driving, reckless driving and 15 counts of recklessly endangering other persons.

A hearing is scheduled for July 25 before Magisterial District Judge Eugene Riazzi. Hobson is currently free on $5,000 bond.

Police said the accident sent a state Department of Transportation employee to the hospital with a broken leg and broken hip, and another man was treated for a knee injury.

According to McKeesport police, just after 12:30 a.m. June 5, a black Cadillac sedan left the eastbound lane of traffic, entered the work zone and sideswiped a trailer and a truck, then struck the first victim, dragging her approximately 30 feet.

The car then collided with the guiderail of the bridge and came to rest.

Police identified the driver as Hobson. According to a police report, officers smelled a strong odor of marijuana in the vehicle and found a partially-consumed alcoholic frozen drink in the beverage holder in the car.

The woman who was struck by the vehicle was taken by McKeesport Ambulance Rescue Service to UPMC Mercy hospital, Uptown, where she needed orthopedic surgery, police said.

A superintendent for the construction company was treated for a knee injury, police said.

At least 13 workers were in the construction zone at the time of the accident and were forced to run or jump out of the way of the vehicle, police said.

Originally published June 30, 2022.

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