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Driver Held in Hit-Run Death of City Woman

Police allege Pittsburgh man deliberately struck victim

By Staff Reports
The Tube City Almanac
June 22, 2023
Posted in: Crime and Police News

A man from Pittsburgh’s West End is being held by Allegheny County police after they allege he was driving a vehicle that killed a 39-year-old McKeesport woman.

Allegheny County police allege that Brandon K. Pendleton, 31, deliberately ran down the victim following an argument.

Pendleton was arrested Thursday afternoon and is charged by county police with criminal homicide, aggravated assault, making terroristic threats and attempted homicide.

In a prepared statement, county homicide detectives said that McKeesport police and paramedics were dispatched just after 1 a.m. Thursday to the 2600 block of Jenny Lind Street for a report of a vehicle that had struck three people, and then fled the scene.

When officers arrived, they discovered that only one victim was struck by a vehicle, described as a black car with rear window damage, homicide detectives said.

She was taken to an area hospital in critical condition and died of her injuries a short time later, police said. Her name has not yet been released.

McKeesport police requested the assistance of county investigators, who said they determined that Pendleton intentionally struck the victim following an argument.

Pendleton’s vehicle was located and he was taken into custody, police said.

Police said anyone with information concerning this investigation is asked to call the Allegheny County police tip line at 1-833-ALL-TIPS. Callers can remain anonymous. The department also can be reached via its social media sites.

Originally published June 22, 2023.

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