Pittsburgh man dies in crash after fleeing from police
A driver trying to flee police injured an officer before hitting a tree and dying Sunday night in the parking lot of a McCandless movie theater, police said.
The Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office identified the man this morning as Benjamin Bibler, 32, of the North Side. McCandless police and Allegheny County homicide detectives remained on the scene late into the night.
The incident started at J. Clark's restaurant in the 9800 block of McKnight Road. Bibler appeared intoxicated when he left the bar and became confrontational with McCandless police, who were called by workers, County police Sgt. Scott Scherer said.
Bibler got into his car, backed into a police supervisor's vehicle and drove off without his headlights on across McKnight Road, Scherer said. He clipped the front of another officer's car, narrowly avoiding a head-on collision, Scherer said. That officer was hospitalized with minor injuries, Scherer said.
Bibler crashed into a tree just before 7 p.m. and died at the scene, authorities said.
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments â either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.