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Old 05-15-2019, 03:35 PM
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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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JOSEPH MORRIS

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Old 05-16-2019, 07:15 AM
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Texts between driver, owner of car in deadly hit-and-run help lead to arrest
Updated: May 16, 2019 - 8:00 AM



PENN HILLS, Pa. - The driver who allegedly hit and killed a man in Penn Hills last month has been arrested.

Surron Burch, 21, was arrested Wednesday at a home in Penn Hills.

Police believe Burch was driving a car registered to Modesty Hopper on April 28 when he hit Joseph Morris but drove away. Morris was dragged for a half-mile after he was struck while walking home from work.


Police spent more than a week searching for the vehicle involved. Last week, it was discovered in a parking lot in McKeesport.

When Hopper was first identified as the owner of the vehicle, police questioned her but said she would not identify the driver.

Police issued an arrest warrant for Hopper on obstruction charges, and she turned herself in Wednesday afternoon. She was not in the car when Morris was hit, according to investigators.

“She has absolutely nothing to do with this gentleman’s untimely death,” Casey White, Hopper's attorney, said.

Police reviewed Hopper’s cellphone and discovered text messages between her and a person identified as "bubs" who said he was responsible for the damage to her car.

“You [expletive] near owe me a whole new car you smashed the hood up busted the frame and everything,” Hopper texted “bubs,” who was later identified as Burch
, according to a criminal complaint.

Burch responded: “I didn’t do it on purpose.”
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