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Suspect in Oakland hit-and-run identified, tried to turn himself in

| Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, 5:44 a.m.

The Washington Township driver charged with striking a University of Pittsburgh student with his truck and leaving her with a broken leg Sunday night tried to turn himself in hours later, but police didn't respond, according to charging documents.

Police said Jonathan A. Dulude, 34, was driving when he turned from DeSoto Street onto Fifth Avenue about 7 p.m. Sunday and struck a 20-year-old woman in the crosswalk. He got out of his truck, then got back in and drove toward Downtown.

The victim, a 20-year-old Pitt student, was transported to UPMC Presbyterian with a broken leg and cuts on her face.

According to the charging documents, Dulude went to a friend's house on the South Side where he had been dog-sitting and tried to call 911 to turn himself in about 9:15 p.m. No police were dispatched “for unknown reasons,” the complaint noted.

Police, meanwhile, were able to connect witnesses' descriptions of the driver, truck and license plate to Dulude, who had pictures on his Facebook page of himself with his truck. Washington Township police visited his home, but he hadn't returned by then.

Dulude turned himself in at the Zone 3 station the next morning, telling officers he didn't know why he fled the crash scene. He told police he got back into his truck “to move it off to the side of the road” but panicked and drove to his friend's place.

Officers released Dulude and filed charges of leaving an accident involving death or bodily injury — a felony — and failing to immediately notify police of a crash, a summary offense. Court records did not show that he'd returned to custody.

Matthew Santoni is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724 836 6660, msantoni@tribweb.com or on Twitter @msantoni.

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