Police: Penn Hills man was drunk in crash that killed Verona man
A Penn Hills man was drunk on June 29 when the SUV he was driving crossed the center line of Saltsburg Road and crashed into a car driven by a Verona man, who was killed, Allegheny County police said.
Kevin Michael Morrow, 24, had a blood alcohol content of 0.18%, more than twice the legal limit of 0.08%, police said.
According to police, Morrow was eastbound on the road and failed to negotiate a curve, crossing into the path of a car driven by Marc Anthony Hazur, 23, of Verona.
Hazur was pronounced dead at the scene.
The impact of the crash caused Hazur’s car to spin and hit a parked vehicle and retaining wall in the 6800 block of Saltsburg Road. Morrow’s SUV flipped onto its roof after sliding sideways on the road, according to police.
A passenger in Hazur’s car, Sean Edward Blacksmith, 22, whose address wasn’t released, had a concussion, multiple cuts and bruises and internal injuries, according to the criminal complaint filed against Morrow.
A passenger in Morrow’s SUV, Robert M. Cooper, 24, whose address also wasn’t released, was bruised and required stitches in his head, according to the complaint.
Cooper and Morrow had to be cut out of the flipped SUV, police said.
Morrow told police he’d been drinking at two bars before the crash, according to the complaint.
Morrow, Cooper and Blacksmith were taken to Forbes Regional Hospital, Monroeville, where Cooper and Blacksmith were treated for injuries.
Police said Morrow had no injuries that required treatment but was admitted to the hospital because of the level of intoxication and for observation, according to the complaint.
He consented to a blood alcohol test, but refused to sign the form acknowledging his consent, police said.
Police charged Morrow with homicide by vehicle while driving drunk, two counts of aggravated assault by vehicle while driving drunk, homicide by vehicle, two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of reckless endangerment, drunken driving and five traffic violations.
An attorney wasn’t listed for Morrow and he could not be reached for comment.
Hazur was the 2014 valedictorian of Riverview High School and a graduate of Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, according to obituary information.
Tom Davidson is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tom at 724-226-4715, [email protected] or via Twitter .