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Man jailed on homicide charge wins $15K injury case settlement from Allegheny County

Theresa Clift
| Tuesday, June 12, 2018, 5:03 p.m.
The Allegheny County Courthouse rises above Grant St., Downtown, Friday, Oct. 17, 2014.
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The Allegheny County Courthouse rises above Grant St., Downtown, Friday, Oct. 17, 2014.
Dominic Anicola
Dominic Anicola

Allegheny County agreed to pay $15,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by man who was hit by a county vehicle in 2014 and is currently being held in the Allegheny County Jail on a homicide charge.

Dominic Anicola, 57, of Homestead was crossing the street when Fred D. Young, a detective in the office of Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr., hit him with a county-owned Chevrolet Impala, according to the complaint filed in August 2016 in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas.

Young suffered several fractures and a dislocation in his right hand, the complaint said.

The lawsuit names Young and the county as defendants.

A response from the county filed in December 2016 contends the county cannot be held responsible for Young's actions. It also argues the lawsuit shouldn't be allowed to proceed because it was filed more than six months after the incident.

Young was a detective in the District Attorney's office from 1973 through November 2016, according to county records.

Anicola is facing a homicide charge because police said he pushed his 83-year-old landlord, Walter Smith, down the stairs in West Homestead during a dispute in March . Smith died from the fall, authorities said.

Anicola is awaiting a preliminary hearing scheduled for September.

The county paid the settlement in May, according to a county document.

Theresa Clift is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 412-380-5669, tclift@tribweb.com or via Twitter @tclift.

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