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North Irwin man accused of hitting people with truck

| Wednesday, May 2, 2012, 8:49 p.m.

A North Irwin man is facing assault charges for allegedly hitting a woman and another man twice with his truck outside a North Huntingdon club.

According to the criminal complaint filed by township police, Francis Thomas McCracken, 23, of 38 Ridge Ave. had an argument with a woman Sunday evening inside the St. Joseph's Polish Club in Westmoreland City.

Police said McCracken left the club, but the woman stayed. A few hours later, police said the woman went outside to talk on the phone. A male friend followed her outside to "check on her welfare" and noticed she was across the street standing at the driver's side of a 2006 GMC pickup driven by McCracken, police said.

When the man walked across the street to the truck, McCracken allegedly accelerated and hit both him and the woman with his truck, then drove down the street, according to the affidavit. Police said McCracken turned his truck around in the middle of the street, drove back to the lot and struck the pair again.

Police said the woman was taken to Mercy Jeannette Hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries.

McCracken was charged with two counts each of aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person and simple assault. He was released from Westmoreland County Prison after posting $2,500 cash bail.

He faces a preliminary hearing Wednesday before North Huntingdon District Judge Douglas Weimer.

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