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Cab driver wanted in fatal crash turns himself in

| Monday, July 17, 2017, 12:03 p.m.
Andrew Russell | Tribune-Review
A woman receives medical attention from emergency personnel at the scene of a fatal accident at Liberty Avenue and Sixth Street in downtown Pittsburgh on Friday, March 17, 2017.
Andrew Russell | Tribune-Review
Police investigate the scene of a fatal accident at Liberty Avenue and Sixth Street in downtown Pittsburgh on Friday, March 17, 2017.

A cab driver wanted in connection with a fatal Downtown Pittsburgh crash earlier this year turned himself in to police Monday, authorities said.

Dale Dern, 61, of Smith Township, Washington County, is charged with driving under the influence, aggravated assault by vehicle, aggravated assault while driving under the influence, involuntary manslaughter and homicide by vehicle.

Dern was allegedly driving a taxi on Liberty Avenue near Heinz Hall about 8:30 p.m. March 17 when he lost control and jumped a curb, hitting two people, according to Public Safety spokeswoman Sonya Toler.

Jaafar Bey, 55, of Carnegie, died at the scene.

An unidentified 27-year-old was also injured.

Toler said Dern turned himself in at the Municipal Court building about 10 a.m. The charges were filed against him last week.

A preliminary hearing has not yet been scheduled.

Megan Guza is a Tribune-Review staff writer.

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