Monroeville man tried to pin fatal crash on relatives, police say
A man accused of causing a fatal motorcycle crash in Monroeville tried to get relatives to take the blame, Allegheny County Police said Monday.
Police charged Fremont Mathias, 32, of Monroeville with homicide by vehicle, an accident involving death while not properly licensed, driving with a suspended or revoked license, reckless driving and other crimes. The Ford F-150 he was driving on Hochberg Road Sunday morning veered into the oncoming lane, striking motorcyclist Lawrence Matvey, 69, of Monroeville, according to a criminal complaint.
Witnesses told investigators Mathias walked to his home near the scene of the crash afterward, admitted to hitting the man and tried to get his wife and mother to tell police they caused the collision.
Mathias is being held at Allegheny County Jail in lieu of a $250,000 bond, online court records show. He has a preliminary hearing scheduled for July 12.
Matvey, who had injuries to his face, chest and legs, died at Forbes Regional Hospital.
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 â 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.