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Harrison motorist charged with attempted homicide

Chuck Biedka
| Thursday, July 29, 2010

The Harrison driver accused of using a car to repeatedly ram her ex-husband on a motorcycle for about a half-mile is formally charged with attempting to kill him.

Lisa Grace Wikert, 47, of Cottage Avenue, Natrona Heights, is accused of trying to kill Darrin Wikert, 47, of Allegheny Township, at about 1 a.m. July 12 along a stretch of Leechburg Road in Lower Burrell and ending near the New Kensington border.

She is accused of driving up behind her ex-husband, who was riding a motorcycle, and ramming it repeatedly with the Chevrolet Impala she was driving.

Police say the incident started near Bruster's ice cream stand and she repeatedly pushed the motorcyle and the victim to the vicinity of the King's Family Restaurant parking lot in New Kensington — a distance of about a half-mile.

Lisa Wikert had been held in Allegheny Valley Hospital, Natrona Heights, since the incident but was released early Wednesday evening.

Lower Burrell and Westmoreland County detectives took her to the office of District Judge Cheryl Peck Yakopec to be arraigned.

Wikert formally was charged with attempted homicide, aggravated assault and reckless endangerment.

Yakopec ordered Wikert held in the Westmoreland County jail in lieu of $900,000 straight bond pending a preliminary hearing.

If she posts bond, conditions include staying away from all witnesses including her ex-husband, who remains hospitalized. She also will be ordered to report back to the hospital for additional mental evaluation.

Wikert's preliminary hearing is set for Aug. 10 in Lower Burrell.

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