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Charges filed in Bentleyville hit and run

| Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Numerous charges, including aggravated assault by vehicle, were filed Wednesday against a Washington man who allegedly struck a 13-year-old girl and left the scene in Bentleyville.

Andrew Marcus Tomazin, 36, of 1355 Park Ave., allegedly admitted to police that he was driving the vehicle that pulled out of Jet's Food Center at 506 Main St. and struck the girl on the afternoon of Aug. 14.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, the vehicle was described as a white van with “Andy's Carpet Cleaning” on the side. It is unknown if Tomazin is the owner of the business, which is listed under his home address.

When police discovered a phone number for the business and called, Tomazin identified himself as the driver of the vehicle and allegedly told police, “OK, I have to be honest, I didn't see her and I didn't think I hit her,” the affidavit states.

After running his information, police discovered Tomazin's driver's license had been suspended for DUI-related causes.

The juvenile victim was taken to a local hospital and diagnosed with swollen ribs, according to the criminal complaint. She was directed to follow up with another doctor due to swelling around her spleen.

Police advised Tomazin that it would be in his best interest to travel to Southwest Regional Police headquarters in Belle Vernon borough to speak to the investigating office, which he did at 3:20 p.m. the same day.

Tomazin allegedly told police that he looked both ways and didn't see anybody coming, so he pulled out on to Main Street when he hit the young girl.

He stated to police, and provided a written statement, that he asked the girl if she was OK and observed her walking toward Jet's Food Center. He told police he left the scene because he was scared, according to the affidavit.

Along with aggravated assault by vehicle, Tomazin was charged with accidents involving death/injury, accident/serious bodily injury or death, accident involving death/injury-not properly licensed, reckless driving, careless driving and driving while operating privilege suspended or revoked.

Charges were filed at the office of Magisterial District Judge Curtis Thompson in Ellsworth. A date for a preliminary hearing has not been set.

Jeremy Sellew is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at or 724-684-2667.

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