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New Kensington man who leapt from van dies

Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, 12:56 a.m.
 

Marquis Hughes, one of the men who jumped from a moving van during a police chase in Arnold and New Kensington a week ago, died from his injuries on Friday, authorities confirmed.

Hughes, 21, of New Kensington was pronounced dead in Allegheny General Hospital of Pittsburgh about 7:45 p.m. Friday, according to the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office.

Arnold police Chief Willie Weber confirmed Hughes is one of the men who bailed from a moving Dodge Caravan that fled from police on Jan. 18 as officers were responding to a report of a man pointing a shotgun at someone in Arnold.

Hughes suffered severe head injuries; he was conscious but often incoherent and combative with officers as they awaited an ambulance at the scene, Weber said.

An autopsy is scheduled for Saturday to determine a cause of death.

Weber said five men were believed to have been in the van that led police on a brief chase from the intersection of Constitution Boulevard and 14th Street in Arnold and along the border of the two cities before crashing into a garage in Orange Alley off North Street.

2 others jumped

Three of the men, including Hughes, jumped from the van before the crash.

One other man who was apprehended suffered less severe injuries and was treated at UPMC St. Margaret hospital in Aspinwall. He faces minor charges, Weber said.

His name was not immediately available Friday evening.

Weber said police still are seeking the driver of the van and two other men who fled.

Weber encouraged the men, especially the latter two whom he believes are merely witnesses, to come forward.

Police briefly surrounded a house that afternoon at the corner of North Street and Leishman Avenue after a witness reported one of the men from the van had run inside. Police found 10 people inside, but none was the man they sought.

Police recovered two guns, a shotgun and a handgun, that allegedly were thrown from the van during the chase.

Liz Hayes is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-226-4680 or lhayes@tribweb.com. Michael Hasch contributed to this report.

 

 
 


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