Share This Page

Pedestrian killed in Greensburg

| Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, 12:10 p.m.

A pedestrian died on Thursday upon being struck and pinned under a car while crossing a street near Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital in Greensburg.

Police said John M. Spino, 56, of South Washington Street, was crossing Spring Avenue about 7:30 a.m. when he was struck by a female driver who had turned onto the road from West Newton Street.

“Emergency responders had to pull him from beneath the car. He apparently walked from a parking lot there onto the street and stepped right in front of the moving car,” said police Capt. George Seranko.

Lt. Vance Philips of the Greensburg Volunteer Fire Department said that when firefighters arrived, Spino was under the passenger side door of the Buick sedan.

“There were four of us,” Philips said. “We positioned ourselves around the front passenger side-quarter and lifted the car and were able to pull him out.”

Police said the driver had a green light when she made a left turn onto Spring Avenue from West Newton Street.

Initial reports indicate the driver will not be charged, according to authorities.

Deputy Coroner John Ackerman said Spino was pronounced dead in the hospital emergency room at 8:13 a.m.

An investigation by city police is ongoing.

Paul Peirce is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-850-2860 or ppeirce@tribweb.com.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.