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Default Penn Hills, PA WM, 51 dead after dragged half mile during negress hit-and-run

Woman Wanted In Connection With Fatal Penn Hills Hit-And-Run In Police Custody

May 15, 2019 at 3:03 pm

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The woman wanted in connection with a fatal hit-and-run in Penn Hills is now in police custody.

Modesty Hopper, 21
, turned herself into Allegheny County Police Wednesday afternoon. A warrant was issued for her arrest yesterday.

Fifty-one-year-old Joseph Morris, of Penn Hills, was struck by a vehicle and dragged for about half a mile as he was walking home from work on April 28. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Hopper is the registered owner of the vehicle.

Police say Hopper is facing charges of hindering apprehension or prosecution for her role in obstructing the ongoing investigation into the fatal hit-and-run.

At first, Hopper allegedly told Allegheny County detectives that her car was damaged by a fallen tree branch. Then she changed her story and said she was behind the wheel, and she hit a tree.

After Hopper gave her story, County Police showed her surveillance video taken outside the Hi View Gardens apartment building April 28.

Police said the video showed an unidentified man walking out of the building and getting into her car late in the afternoon. The same man, wearing a red hooded sweatshirt, returns the car about 10 p.m. that same night. She refused to identify him to detectives. She said his nickname was Bubish or Bub, and she explained she only had the guy’s phone number.


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