Thursday, September 2, 2010

New Charges Filed in Fatal Mt. Lebanon Accident

Police: Toxicology Test Results Show Driver Had Marijuana In System MT. LEBANON (KDKA) ―

Thursday, September 02, 2010
By Kaitlynn Riely, Pittsburgh Post-GazetteRead more:

Authorities have filed new charges against a driver in connection to a pedestrian accident that killed a mother in Mt. Lebanon.Lisa Styles, 36, of Mt. Lebanon, was jogging with her 3-year-old son and 1-year-old daughter in a double stroller when she was struck and killed by an SUV at the intersection Washington and Beadling Roads back in June.According to investigators, 20-year-old Benjamin Cope allegedly went through a stop sign and hit Styles.Initially, police charged him with DUI. That charge was withdrawn in order to file new charges against him which include homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence, homicide by vehicle, involuntary manslaughter and reckless driving.Mt. Lebanon police say toxicology test results show Cope had marijuana in his system at the time of the crash.A warrant has been issued for Cope's arrest. Police say Cope's attorney is arranging for his client to turn himself in to authorities.