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Greensburg woman set to be arraigned in DUI case

| Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, 12:02 a.m.

A Greensburg woman was driving with a blood-alcohol level more than four times the legal limit when she struck a disabled vehicle on Harvey Avenue in October, then hit and seriously injured the male driver, city police said.

Stephanie Marie Dini, 22, of 1023 Grove St. is scheduled to be arraigned on Wednesday before Greensburg District Judge James Albert on charges of aggravated assault by vehicle while driving under the influence, accident involving serious bodily injury, accident involving damage to attended vehicle, DUI, having an open alcoholic beverage in her vehicle, reckless endangerment, careless driving and a traffic signal violation.

Dini's 2003 Jeep Liberty allegedly struck Charles Hunter's vehicle about 8 p.m. Oct. 2, then hit Hunter, police said.

Dini left the scene, authorities said.

Hunter was lying on the road when police arrived, according to a criminal complaint. He was flown to UPMC Presbyterian in Pittsburgh.

A passenger in Hunter's vehicle said Hunter put on his vehicle's hazard lights and was standing on the driver's side when Dini struck his car, police said.

Authorities found Dini's silver Jeep a block away in a driveway on Harvey Avenue. Her vehicle had struck an unoccupied vehicle parked there, police said.

Police discovered an unspecified number of empty beer cans inside Dini's vehicle, according to the complaint.

Another witness said she saw the collision and described Dini's vehicle as moving “out of control, possibly going to flip over or crash head-on” into the witness' vehicle, according to the complaint.

A bicyclist described the collision vehicles as looking “like an explosion,” police said. The bicyclist said the female driver nearly struck him.

Police obtained Dini's hospital records and said her blood-alcohol level was determined to be 0.335 percent, more than four times the 0.08 limit for a motorist in Pennsylvania.

Bob Stiles is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-6622 or bstiles@tribweb.com.

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