No decision reached on charges in fatal crash on Route 28
The Allegheny County District Attorney's office has chosen not to file charges “at this time” against a Cheswick man who state police say appeared intoxicated at the scene of a fatal crash Saturday night on Route 28, according to a state police spokesman.
Trooper Dan Kesten, information officer, referred questions about the decision to the district attorney's office.
Mike Manko, spokesman for the office, said he could not provide information on the case because county offices were closed Monday for Presidents Day and he would need additional information from state police.
State police on Saturday said they were awaiting test results before deciding whether to charge Jared P. Schillinger, 28, with drunken driving in the crash that killed Rikki Fleming, 18, of Etna.
State police said Schillinger showed “signs of intoxication.”
Police said Schillinger didn't slow down when his vehicle came up behind Fleming's, sending her car careening up an embankment in the median where it overturned. She was thrown from the car and died at the scene.
Police said Schillinger was not injured, nor were his two passengers, Andrew R. Callender, 29, of Tarentum and Cody A. Roberts, 27, of Pittsburgh.
Several of Fleming's friends posted pictures and comments on her Facebook page to pay tribute to the 2012 Shaler Area High School graduate.
For the past year, Fleming worked as the evening nursing assistant at Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities in Millvale.
She provided care for the sisters who live in the convent, including making sure they had dinner and helping them prepare for bed, said Peggy Baverso, director of the Mt. Alvernia Motherhouse.
“She was wonderful young lady,” Baverso said. “She was kind, she was gentle; she was funny when she needed to be. Anybody would have loved to have her as an employee.”
Sister Joanne Bich praised Fleming's positive attitude.
“She loved working here and the sisters loved her,” Bich said. “She brought a lot of joy to the sisters.”
Bock Funeral Home in Shaler is handling funeral arrangements.
Jodi Weigand is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-226-4702 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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