A man who has been charged with felony DUI has waived his right to a primary hearing in connection of killing a pedestrian while under the influence of alcohol.
The driver, Michael Rafaloski, 25, is currently facing the charges of homicide by vehicle, involuntary manslaughter and other crimes in connection with a crash in February that resulted in the death of Sean Conroy, 25, of Munhall.
According to official reports, the Pittsburgh police received a report that Conroy had been found lying on the road in the 2300 block of Pioneer after a call to 911. Conroy was taken to an area hospital where he later died as a result of his injuries.
Police indicate that officers came upon a blue Ford Explorer that had suffered front end damage parked in the driveway of the home of Rafaloski. According to police reports, Rafaloski had a BAC of 0.129, nearly twice the legal limit.
Rafaloski told investigators that he had been out drinking with some friends and remembered hitting something on Pioneer Avenue, but believed he had struck a deer. Even though prosecutors did withdraw one count of DUI, a second charge remains.
Operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or other substances is a criminal offense. If you are convicted of DUI charges, having that conviction on your record may result in fines, a loss of employment, loss of insurance and your license, as well as jail time and required community service hours. The unfortunate truth is that many times someone who has been arrested and charged with DUI or DWI in the state of Pennsylvania does not realize that they are able to fight against the charge against them.
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