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Man Caught and Arraigned in Penn Ave Hit and Run of James Price

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caitlin

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Oct 15 2012 at 9:29pm #

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Three months after a bicyclist was struck and killed on Penn Avenue in Point Breeze, a 29-year-old Pitcairn man is behind bars.

Jeffrey McClure is facing several charges in connection with the crash that killed 46-year-old James Price Jr. of Homewood.

The accident happened in the early morning hours of July 25 near the intersection of Penfield Court and Penn Avenue.

Witnesses say a white car hit Price and then fled the scene.

Price was taken to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital where he died from his injuries.

Police arrested McClure last week and Price’s family attended his first hearing on Friday.

Glenice Price, the victim’s mother, told KDKA’s Kym Gable, “He looked at us and he put his head down. It was wrong. It was wrong. He hit him. He didn’t even stop.”

Price’s father told KDKA he feels sorry for McClure.

“I forgive him because I’m a Christian,” he said.


scott

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Oct 15 2012 at 9:36pm #

Great news. I really want to hear how the police found him.


fjordan

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Oct 15 2012 at 10:05pm #

It looks like Mr. McClure has a long history of traffic and criminal violations. I too would like to hear how they found him.


Anonymous

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Oct 15 2012 at 10:15pm #

I’m glad for the family. I’m sure it doesn’t comfort them much, but maybe some small part of them rests a little easier now knowing Mr Price’s killer is off the streets. I admire Mr. Price’s father for being able to forgive this man and I hope the family finds peace.


AtLeastMyKidsLoveMe

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Oct 15 2012 at 11:52pm #

Props for the cops.


J Z

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Oct 16 2012 at 1:02am #

Glad to hear that someone will be held accountable for what happened to Mr. Price. Now if they can find the guy who attacked Colin Albright and hit Dr. Noll…


justin

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Oct 16 2012 at 4:21am #

He has a hefty list of driving and criminal charges.

He had a dui in 2007, public drunkeness in 2004. driving with suspended license in 2004. 2003 driving with suspended license.

lesser – running red light in 2011. disregard traffic lane in 2010. running stop sigh in 2010.

he’s had multiple assault charges that have been dismissed over the past decade or so as well.


edmonds59

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Oct 16 2012 at 10:32am #

How the #!&*%@ heck is this human waste getting access to cars? Does he own car? ‘Cause if he does, he shouldn’t, it should be seized. Are people letting him borrow cars? If they are they should face the same charges he does. God, the questions reporters don’t ask drive me nuts.


Kordite

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Oct 16 2012 at 12:10pm #

Maybe it’s nice that Price’s father has forgiven the guy for killing his son but for me, forgiveness comes with costs. Remorse and reform. The person must realize that he was wrong for what he has done and must also show that, in that realization, will not allow it to happen again.

McClure’s criminal record shows that he is not worthy of my forgiveness.


jonawebb

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Oct 16 2012 at 12:14pm #

I’m glad they caught him. I remember what a young woman (Price’s daughter?) said to me at the service — that she wanted justice. Well, she’ll get it, and deserves it.

I never thought they would catch this guy. I’m really glad they did.

Forgiveness can be freely given, without cost.


Kordite

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Oct 16 2012 at 12:31pm #

Forgiveness without costs is the abandonment of justice.


AtLeastMyKidsLoveMe

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Oct 16 2012 at 12:42pm #

Forgiveness is a function of individual morality.

Justice is a function of law, executed by the state.


edmonds59

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Oct 16 2012 at 1:06pm #

Unfortunately the news of this is being almost completely overshadowed by other, more current, car wrecks.


jonawebb

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Oct 16 2012 at 1:11pm #

The quality of mercy is not strained.

It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven,

Upon the place beneath.

It is twice blessed.

It blesseth him that gives and him that takes.


Kordite

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Oct 16 2012 at 2:06pm #

Shakespearean quotes aside, my individual morality includes, or rather requires, justice. When a prisoner is released on parole, he is judged by the parole board on remorse and reform. If he doesn’t accept that he has done something wrong, then they don’t let him go. If he shows no inclination to modify his behavior away from his previous criminal acts, they don’t let him go. The state does not forgive without these two conditions being met.

My forgiveness, though perhaps not as stringent as a parole board or the legal system as a whole, nonetheless also requires those questions to be answered.


rice rocket

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Oct 16 2012 at 2:57pm #

He has a hefty list of driving and criminal charges.

Which means he must REALLY drive like a dickhead.

I haven’t seen cops here pull over anyone for a variety of offenses when an officer was present, I can’t even imagine what’s needed to actually catch their attention.


brian j

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Oct 16 2012 at 3:11pm #

Maybe it’s nice that Price’s father has forgiven the guy for killing his son but for me, forgiveness comes with costs. Remorse and reform. The person must realize that he was wrong for what he has done and must also show that, in that realization, will not allow it to happen again.

I don’t know Mr. Price’s theology, but forgiveness is at the very core of what Christianity is all about. It does not, however, mean that a person should not suffer the consequences of his or her actions. Perhaps Mr. Price does feel that McClure shouldn’t be held to the consequences of the law, but I suspect he comment is more along the lines of “I’m going to let this go personally, because both the law and God will take care of this, and my faith compels me to forgive people.”


StuInMcCandless

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Oct 16 2012 at 5:01pm #

From page 3 of the initial thread (me):

When we identify this motorist, I want to know what the purpose of his/her trip was. What were points A and B? Why was using Penn Ave preferable to another route? And why was the car necessary in the first place?

Of course, what I am getting at is that bicycles and transit and other non-car means of travel, and not traveling at all, need to become more feasible. Had this driver not been in a car, there would not have been a fatality.

I will assume he started in Pitcairn. Do we know where he was headed, etc., from all the other questions above?


Mick

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Oct 16 2012 at 5:04pm #

@edmonds59 God, the questions reporters don’t ask drive me nuts.

Why wouldn’t they ask?

Well, how would asking those questions help the reports sell cars? That is the main funtion of TV , and a big function of the newspapers.

There was discussion of the best TV program here. The “best” TV program? The one that sells the most SUVs.


Pseudacris

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Oct 16 2012 at 5:31pm #

http://triblive.com/news/adminpage/2782055-74/charges-hit-run-stand-trial-court-crash-filed-pitcairn-price#axzz29U56wMIh

City police Sgt. Daniel Connolly, an accident reconstruction specialist, said on Monday that the charges were filed earlier this month after investigators found the suspected hit-and-run vehicle and obtained what they believe is sufficient evidence to support the charges.

Hats off to the investigators for following through on this case!


Eric

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Oct 16 2012 at 6:19pm #

So, this makes we wonder why a certain jeep driver is still not charged with anything?


Kordite

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Oct 16 2012 at 7:08pm #

“…forgiveness is at the very core of what Christianity is all about.”

That’s except for those Christians with the whole “sinners burn in hell forever” theology.


rsprake

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Oct 16 2012 at 8:05pm #

So, this makes we wonder why a certain jeep driver is still not charged with anything?

Me too.


scott

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Oct 16 2012 at 8:12pm #

Me three


jonawebb

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Oct 16 2012 at 8:19pm #

Since they know who the guy is, and he must have legal representation, I would expect that they are in some process of plea bargaining. I’m not completely sure but isn’t this usually attempted before formal charges are filed?


Pseudacris

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Oct 16 2012 at 8:37pm #

McClure’s prior rap sheet (which sounds extensive and car-related) might have moved things along.


scott

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Oct 16 2012 at 9:02pm #

Jon, I’m nearly certain that plea bargaining happens post charges being filed.


Jacob McCrea

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Oct 16 2012 at 9:24pm #

Typically, yes, and probably more so at the state level, but not necessarily. Any number of things can be going on in the background which would delay charging a defendant, even when all the evidence needed to bring charges is in the government’s possession.

Here is but one example: law enforcement amasses enough evidence to charge someone with crime X. The criminal knows he’s dead in the water on crime X, so he decides to cooperate with law enforcement and share his knowledge of crime Y, a totally unrelated matter, in exchange for some measure of leniency on crime X. While the criminal is cooperating, the government refrains from charging him with crime X as it wants him “out on the streets” and “wired for sound” to collect evidence of crime Y. With that said, what is happening with the idiot who hit Dan Y. is anyone’s guess.

Also, and more importantly, I’m really glad that the guy who hit Mr. Price was caught. Unfortunately, it sounds like he is someone with no assets whatsoever, so Mr. Price’s heirs may be looking solely to the criminal justice system for their due measure of justice.


Pseudacris

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Oct 18 2012 at 5:20am #

http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/neighborhoods-city/driver-charged-with-killing-bicyclist-held-for-trial-658004/

“Police said Mr. McClure, a recovering opiate addict, was driving with a suspended driver’s license…”


tetris_draftsman

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Oct 18 2012 at 10:14am #

If all of this is true and this guy is allowed to drive again our system is seriously messed up.


Mary

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Oct 18 2012 at 11:43am #

Does anyone else find it odd that the newspapers and TV stations have not been showing a photo of this man? (Or maybe they have, and I missed it.) Usually they include the mug shot.


Anonymous

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Oct 18 2012 at 11:53am #

VERY weird. There was a picture of him in one of the TV reports, but that’s all I’ve seen.

Taking this guy’s license away is clearly not enough–he belongs in jail for the rest of his sorry life.


StuInMcCandless

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Oct 18 2012 at 11:54am #

Seriously, what do we do when we live at A, need to get to B, and the only way we know how to do it is to drive? Short of putting this guy behind bars, nothing is going to keep him from getting behind the wheel of anything that moves. And there are hundreds more like him.

Fix the cause of the cause of the problem.


jonawebb

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Oct 18 2012 at 12:11pm #

The 69 is not a bad connection to Pitcairn. It actually runs down Penn Ave, where this guy killed James Price. And you can take a bike on the rack of course. So I’d say he had alternatives.


rsprake

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Oct 18 2012 at 2:14pm #

Licensing works so well for drivers we should implement a license program for cyclists too. Duh. Also, comments are disabled.


Mick

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Oct 18 2012 at 6:00pm #

@pseudacris “… a recovering opiate addict

I’m skeptical of the “recovering” part. That would go a long way to explain both the “hit” part and the “run” part.

I’m guessing Mr McClure will be out on bail in a while, then do less than one year and have his license a year after getting out.


helen s

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Oct 18 2012 at 8:48pm #

License, he don’t need no stinkin’ licence!


mr marvelous

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Oct 18 2012 at 9:01pm #

The only thing I can really add to this tread is my thanks to the investigators. Lately it has been very discouraging all the unsolved crimes against cyclist. This brings back a little hope that there are people out there trying to solve these crimes and are taking these cases seriously.


Marko82

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Oct 19 2012 at 1:16am #

+1 mr m. After meeting Mr. Price’s family it would be nice to see them get some justice for their son


Anonymous

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Oct 19 2012 at 1:38pm #

How terrible is this situation. How can you leave a man you

Hit? What type of man are you? But let’s be honest, this is lose lose. A man is dead and children lose their father. Although if a drug addict it may be better for the kids if dad is away for a while.

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