Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Candlelight Vigil for Lisa Styles

A candlelight vigil is being planned following the death of a local mother who died one day after she was struck by an SUV while jogging with her children in Mount Lebanon. Lisa Styles, 36, was pushing a stroller with her 1-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son inside Monday when police say she was struck by an SUV driven by 20-year-old Benjamin Cope. According to police, he did not stop at a stop sign and struck Styles as she was crossing the street at Beadling Road and Washington Road.Officials with the Medical Examiner's Office said Tuesday that Styles died at UPMC Mercy Hospital.Cope is now facing charges."We're specifically charging him with the controlled substances section of the DUI vehicle code violation. So, we're saying he had controlled substances in his system at the time of the accident," Lt. Aaron Lauth said. "We're suspecting marijuana at this time."The children were not seriously hurt, but Styles had a major head injury. A candlelight vigil is being planned for Thursday to remember Styles and remind people to slow down while driving in that area.