Penn Township man charged in two separate car accidents
A 48-year-old Penn Township man who allegedly struck a flag woman and a Postal Service truck within three days last week is facing multiple criminal and traffic charges in two jurisdictions.
James G. Beiter of 231 Richmond Drive was charged by Jeannette police with multiple complaints following an incident at 4 p.m. Aug. 8 on North Fourth Street. He is accused of hitting a flag woman for Northern Pipe Line, who was directing traffic at a road construction site, with his car and leaving the scene.
The victim, Dawn Cesovski, later sought medical treatment for a minor hip injury, police said.
According to the affidavit of probable cause filed before Jeannette District Judge Joseph DeMarchis, Beiter was driving a red Chevrolet convertible when he struck Cesovski. Patrolman Justin Scalzo said Cesovski was directing traffic, and Beiter failed to stop as instructed.
“She reported being pushed onto the hood of the vehicle and then falling off,” Scalzo wrote.
Cesovski and another construction worker told police Beiter apologized, then drove off. Both workers said they asked Beiter to stay until police arrived.
When police questioned Beiter afterward at his home, “Beiter stated he never actually made contact with the worker and that she as well as her supervisor (James Askey) both yelled at him and told him to leave,” Scalzo wrote.
Beiter is charged with leaving the scene of an accident, failing to report the accident to police and failing to render aid.
Three days later, Penn Township police were summoned about 11 a.m. to an accident on Route 130 involving a Honda sport-utility vehicle that Beiter was driving and a parked Postal Service vehicle.
When police Officer David Loughner questioned Beitler, he denied hitting the truck and said he hit a stone culvert on the side of the road.
Loughner wrote in an affidavit of probable cause that Beiter appeared to “be disoriented,” and two witnesses to the accident said they saw Beiter remove something from his shoe and place it in shrubbery after the wreck in the 1900 block.
Police allege the bag contained marijuana.
Beiter is charged with driving under a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving a vehicle at an unsafe speed before Harrison City District Judge Helen Kistler.
Beiter could not be reached for comment Wednesday.
Beiter's hearing before DeMarchis is scheduled for Sept. 27 and his hearing before Kistler is scheduled for Oct. 2.
Paul Peirce is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-850-2860 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
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.
- Greensburg man charged with gun, drug violations
- Over the falls — Cucumber Falls that is — go 3 kayakers in Ohiopyle
- Scottdale man charged with raping child in 1990s
- Westmoreland County recorder of deeds seeking 2nd term
- 11 Ligonier Township residents rescued by boat from floodwaters
- Derry Area adds instructor for agriculture, horticulture
- Ligonier-based group sponsors rafting adventures to help ease veterans’ anxiety
- Hempfield man charged with giving gun to teen girl
- PennDOT to preview Route 119 project in East Huntingdon
- Westmoreland County Drug Overdose Task Force gets $9K to buy heroin antidote
- Spirit Airlines puts Chicago on its flight path