Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Police Seek Owner of Car Involved in Fatal Hit-Run

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Police Seek Owner of Car Involved in Fatal Hit-Run

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The 21-year-old owner of a car that Allegheny County police believe was involved in a fatal hit-and-run crash has been accused of obstructing the investigation of the incident.

Police are searching for Modesty Hopper, who was charged Saturday with hindering apprehension, according to police. Investigators believe someone driving her Saturn sedan struck, dragged and killed 51-year-old Joseph Morris, of Penn Hills, on April 28 as he walked home from work.

Mr. Morris was struck at 419 Hershey Road and was dragged more than a half-mile to the area of 184 Universal Road, according to police.

Mr. Morris worked as a cleaner at several locations, including Edgewood County Club, where he was employed full time.

A tip led police to the car May 10. It was parked at the Coursin Street apartment complex where Ms. Hopper lived. The vehicle had front-end damage and a shattered windshield.

Ms. Hopper initially told investigators that the Saturn had no insurance and no one drove it, according to a criminal complaint. She claimed a falling tree branch caused the damage.

But when detectives informed her that a branch would not have caused such damage, she said she had struck a tree while driving, the complaint said.

Investigators obtained April 28 surveillance video from the apartment complex, and it showed a man getting into Ms. Hopper's car about 4 p.m., driving away, and returning about 10 p.m.

The video showed Ms. Hopper arriving at the complex in another vehicle around the same time, and she and the man were seen looking at the damage to the Saturn before going into the apartment building.

When detectives showed Ms. Hopper the surveillance video and asked her whether she knew the man, she said she knew him as "Bubish" or "Bub," the complaint said, and refused to reveal his real name.

Investigators later determined that Ms. …

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