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Man arrested in Cranberry hit-and-run

Tony LaRussa
| Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, 11:39 a.m.
Michael Mesecke
WPXI-TV
Michael Mesecke

Cranberry police arrested a man accused of fleeing after hitting a woman with his car as she was jogging.

Elizabeth Scherer, 19, was jogging along Haine School Road in Cranberry about 7 p.m. Thursday when she was struck from behind by a vehicle, according to Tribune-Review news partner WPXI-TV.

Scherer was taken to a hospital for treatment of bruises and scrapes on her legs and shoulders, then released.

Witnesses and evidence found at the scene — a broken head lamp assembly and a side mirror torn off the car — that helped police identify the vehicle involved as a dark-colored Scion xB.

A patrol officer spotted the vehicle believed to be involved in the hit-and-run parked outside a home along Country Vue Court, police told the TV station.

The owner of the vehicle, Michael Mesecke, 24, told officers that he did not recall hitting anyone. Later he admitted to investigators that he drank 40 ounces of boxed wine at a friend's house before driving home.

Mesecke was charged with causing an accident that involved an injury, fleeing from the scene and reckless driving, according to court records.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 20 before District Judge David T. Kovach.

Tony LaRussa is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-772-6368 or tlarussa@tribweb.com or via Twitter @TonyLaRussaTrib.

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