A Niagara Falls, Ont. truck driver remains free on bond after being arraigned in Pittsburgh this morning on a charge in Pennsylvania that is the equivalent of a New York State charge of leaving the scene of a fatal accident.
Brian Jamieson, 61, a Flora Pack Inc. driver, was charged after the death of a female pedestrian in Pittsburgh’s Strip District Tuesday morning. He is accused of striking Judith Koller, 53, of West Mifflin, Pa., as she was trying to cross at Smallman and 14th streets during the mid-morning. She later died at Allegheny General Hospital.
According to police and media reports in Pittsburgh, witnesses said the woman was in a crosswalk when she was knocked into the eastbound lane of Smallman Street by a car turning left, then struck by Jamieson’s truck and then hit by a sport utility vehicle.
Officers reviewed video recorded at the nearby Heinz History Center to identify the Flora Pack truck, and stopped Jamieson as he was on an interstate highway near Erie, according to a police report. Police said Jamieson admitted being on Smallman Street but not to striking a pedestrian. Police said they found evidence he did so on the bottom of his truck.
He was charged with leaving an accident involving a death or personal injury, a felony that accuses him of not stopping to give aid or information.