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McKeesport police say they were not chasing vehicle before incident
A city man who died in a car crash on Pittsburgh’s South Side was not being pursued by McKeesport police at the time of the collision, McKeesport’s chief said.
McKeesport police Chief Adam Alfer said Thursday a city officer attempted to stop the vehicle on Wednesday night near the intersection of Evans and Versailles avenues, but stopped pursuing the vehicle when it crossed the McKeesport-Duquesne Bridge and exited onto Route 837.
A short time later, Alfer said, McKeesport police learned the car had been involved in a crash on Pittsburgh’s South Side.
Pittsburgh police are investigating the collision near the intersection of East Carson Street and South 33rd Street, which sent four people to area hospitals.
McKinley Torrence, 22, of McKeesport was pronounced dead at 9:15 p.m., shortly after the crash in the 3300 block of East Carson Street, the Allegheny County medical examiner’s office said.
The medical examiner’s office said the vehicle in which Torrence was traveling crossed the center line and collided with another car.
Three other people in that vehicle also were injured, a Pittsburgh police spokesman said.
A short time earlier, the car involved in the crash had been spotted traveling at a high rate of speed on Versailles Avenue in McKeesport, Alfer said.
A McKeesport police officer on routine patrol saw the vehicle exiting Hamilton Street without stopping, nearly striking several other cars, he said. The officer turned his own vehicle around and attempted to pursue, following the speeding car onto Evans Avenue, Alfer said.
The McKeesport officer activated his emergency lights and attempted to stop the vehicle for reckless driving, Alfer said, but it fled onto the McKeesport-Duquesne Bridge at a high rate of speed, continuing north on Route 837 toward Duquesne and Homestead.
Alfer said the McKeesport officer terminated the pursuit and notified Allegheny County emergency dispatchers.
Emergency personnel said a West Homestead police officer later attempted to stop the vehicle and was following it before the crash occurred.
Pittsburgh police were not involved in the pursuit, the Pittsburgh police spokesman said. That department’s Collision Investigation Unit is investigating.
Originally published November 17, 2022.