Officials identify two bodies found in car that went over McKeesport hillside
A part-time jitney driver and his cousin were shot to death during a car chase before their vehicle went over a hillside in McKeesport, investigators said Friday.
Carlos Hudson, 41, and Jana Randolph, 49, both of McKeesport, each died of gunshots in the head in the incident that occurred shortly before 9 p.m. Thursday along Riverview Street, officials from the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office said.
“It would be fair to say drug activity is being looked at as a possible motive, as is robbery,” Allegheny County police Lt. Andrew Schurman said.
Schurman said Hudson and Randolph were traveling in a silver Toyota that police believe was being chased and shot at by individuals in a dark-colored sedan. He couldn't provide a further description of the car or suspects.
Schurman said Hudson and Randolph were cousins. He said Randolph was a part-time jitney driver but was likely just hanging out with Hudson at the time.
A tow truck pulled the Toyota from the hillside, McKeesport police Capt. Tim Hanna said.
McKeesport police had intended to leave the car on the hillside until county homicide detectives arrived, but a sudden, heavy rainfall made the scene too dangerous, Hanna said.
“There was no way they were going to get down to it,” he said.
The investigation had to be shut down for about 10 minutes as a utility pole above the scene began shooting off blue sparks, then suddenly stopped.
Hudson's mother, Mae Hudson, told Trib Total Media news exchange partner WPXI-11 that her son had seven children.
“If they had the gun, they already intended to kill him or hurt him,” she said. “I want to know who killed my son. Why did you kill my son?”
Anyone with information should contact Allegheny County police at 412-473-1300 or McKeesport police at 412-675-5050.
Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.
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