Alleged DUI Hit and Run Involves Disabled Person

download (41)According to authorities, Clint Edelman, 34, of the Swisshelm Park neighborhood in Pittsburgh struck Melissa Brown as she crossed the intersection of South Beatty Street and Baum Boulevard in her motorized wheelchair. Edelman left Brown in the middle of the street among the wreckage of her wheelchair and in a pool of blood.

Video shows Edelman failing to stop his vehicle, a white Pontiac, at the sign and the pedestrian crosswalk, striking Brown. Brown was watching the ensuing commotion from a parking lot from across the street until eyewitnesses identified him to police as having been the one who caused the accident.

An 8-year-old boy had been walking alongside Brown’s wheelchair at the time of the incident, but was unharmed.

Brown was transported to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in critical condition. She remains in the hospital with multiple broken bones and head injuries.

Officers reported that Edelman’s speech was slurred, his eyes were bloodshot and he smelled strongly of alcohol at the time. Edelman admitted to police that he had consumed five beers prior to the accident.

Edelman made the required 10 percent of his $3,000 bail and was released from the Allegheny County Jail.

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