Monroeville man tried to pin fatal crash on relatives, police say

| Monday, July 1, 2013, 11:42 a.m.

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.

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