Holbrook Man Facing Charges In Fatal Crash

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A Greene County man is facing a long list of charges following an accident late Saturday night on Pittsburgh’s South Side that claimed the life of a 7-year-old girl.

Pittsburgh police say 23-year-old Travis Isiminger, of Holbrook, is being charged with homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence, reckless driving while DUI, aggravated assault while DUI and speeding.

The two-vehicle head-on collision happened just before 10:30 p.m. at 33rd Street and East Carson Street.

According to police, emergency crews had to extract the driver and her two small children from their car.

The woman has been identified as 38-year-old Nicole Cleland of South Park. She was taken to UPMC Mercy Hospital in critical condition.

Her two kids were taken to Children’s Hospital. Authorities say a 7-year-old girl died there from her injuries, and an 11-month-old girl remains in critical condition.

The Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the 7-year-old victim as Lexa Cleland.

Investigators report that Isiminger tried to run away after the crash, but was followed by a security guard. Police officers caught up with him behind the Homeland Security Building.

Police say Isiminger was transported to the Zone 6 police station where he tested positive for driving under the influence. He was then taken to the Allegheny County Jail.

The investigation into the incident continues.

Stay with KDKA for the latest on this developing story.

  • Kathy

    Why do the innocent have to die for other people’s irresponsibility. God help the faimilies. My heart goes out to all of you.

    • laina

      the 7 yeay old goes to my school she is in my class it is very sad i can not stop crying

      • Nicole

        Iaina, I am so sorry you are hurting. It is a very tough thing for anyone of any age to cope with. My son, Ryan also went to school with Lexa although he didn’t know her. My heart goes out to you and all of her classmates, as well as her family.

  • jim

    Hey Steven Zappala you better not give one inch to any plea bargain to this punk…3 weeks before Xmas and a family is ruined because of this punk..

  • Rachel

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to our neighbors the Cleland family.

    Matt Rachel and Jakob

  • Bill

    Now he gonna enjoy a different type of nightlife. Courtesy of the fine guard’s and inmate’s in the Allegheny County Jail.

  • Jennifer

    I heard this accident on the scanner and my heart just sank when I heard that officers were giving the girl mouth to mouth. I prayed all night that the little girl would make it. God bless this family! My family’s thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • SwedishSnus

    Call Jim Ecker. Cop a plea, out in 3.

  • SSide resident

    Publish the name of the bar where this kid got his last drink (since he was obviously overserved there), shut the place down, and put the bartender’s and owner’s faces in the paper next to the kid.

    We’ve been warning all year that something like this would happen.

    • Dandy

      AGREED. maybe we should send Steven Zappala knocking down doors so he can get a taste of how bad it really is, then maybe he wont be so lenient with this one.

    • Wendy Miles

      You cant blame the bar. He is a big boy. Put the blame where it belongs.

      • Responsibility

        There is enough culpability to go around. It is called being compliciite. Obviously if an individual (as has been described by media sources) is nearly three times over the legal limit and the bar that is serving the individual cannot see the impairment as it continues to serve the indiividual it smells of complicity.and incompetence.

    • Location

      According to the Post-Gazette the bar was the Hofbrauhaus in SouthSide Works.


    • Disgusted

      Very true! They should have called the cops for his disorderly conduct. Instead they sent him out in a rage! All involved are responsible. Police should stop worrying about illegally parked cars and conduct the DUI checkpoints outside of every bar. Keep serving the drunks to feed your bank accounts!!!

    • disgusted

      Hofanbraus in the South Side Works was the bar

  • john

    I witnessed this accident he had to be going 60 mph if not faster, in his mustang.Its a shame it was that little girl and not him. It always seems to be that way though, my condolences to the family.

  • Maria

    our thoughts and prayers are with the Cleland Family and if there is anything we can do to help you we are here for you all.

    Maria and Charlie
    New York

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  • lb

    Just Horrible , as a parent of 3 children I could not imagine the pain , pain cause be an idiot with NO COMMON SENSE DRINK AND DRIVE AND YOU MAY RUIN YOUR LIFE AND SADLY OTHER INNOCENT ONES AS WELL

  • praying wg& greene county

    i feel bad for anyone invoeld in this accident i think we should all pray for everyone involed this is horriable time for both famileys sending my love out to all involed and families and friends loveyou alll



    • laina

      ur praying for travis he is the one who was drunk and killed the little 7 year old girl travis should be sorry!

      • Praying

        And i know travis is very sorry. How could he not be. He is human. He would have never wished this upon anyone. This will haunt him forever, i promise you that. Praying for both families and anyone effected by this tragedy.

    • Fed Up

      A “Christian” home means nothing. Don’t bring religion into this. This young man is going to be a convicted drunk driver and murderer. He must pay for his crime whether he is Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Muslim, etc. What an inane comment you made.

      • Reply

        I do not know the person named “FRIEND,” however after reading their comment I do not see where it implied that Travis was not going to be accountable for his actions. This person was simply describing the great sorrow that both families would have to endure. Describing the home that Travis came from, was describing the heartbreak it would bring to a family who raised him differently. So I do not see in any way “Mr. Fed Up” why this comment was so “inane” as you say. Laina- I would like you to stop for a moment and think if it was your child who committed such a horrific act, would your heart be breaking, I think so. The entire situation is a very sad tragedy for both families, and yes they both need our prayers.

  • Kristy

    Our prayers are with you Cleland family….All of us in South Park and everywhere.

  • GL

    It is scary a college friend thinks a bouncers or a bars job is to babysit a drunk. They did what they should. Cut him off & kicked him out. If he takes off, what should they do? This mentality of another young person that someone shoudl take responsibility is why these things keep happening. Knowing this mother couldn’t be with her dying & injured child is heart-breaking. May God send this family every blessing. And may this man get the right punishment. Send a message to the next drunk driver before another child dies.

  • Lexa's Prayer

    To you, G-d, we humbly entrust this child, so precious in your sight. Take her into your arms and welcome her into paradise, where there will be no sorrow, no weeping nor pain, but the fullness of peace and joy forever and ever. Amen.

  • John

    I feel no sorrow whatsoever for Travis, his family, his fiance, or his frat brothers. I hope that the guy rots in jail, lives an agonizing life, and dies a slow, painful death. That still would not even come close to what the family of this poor girl will go through for the rest of their lives – all because a frat boy drank too much and wanted to show off in his Mustang.

    • B. I.

      If you knew Travis you would not say that, He should be punished, but not by hate speech in the open where friends and family of his can read it, like me. so john, sit down, and shut up.

      • Praying

        Amen. B.I. Its peoples ignorant comments like that that make this entire situation so much more devistating. Hatred and rage do nothing to help anyone. and comments like that are just completely unneccesary.

  • John

    Who was the manager on duty that night? Who was the bouncer that kicked him out? Who was his server?

  • Troy

    Wow, amazing video of the crash scene. Hard to believe anyone survived. So sad, especially right before Christmas.

  • AJ

    Obviously his “classmate” isn’t a PARENT – thinking more about placing blame on the bar than on the driver’s own stupidity … I don’t care what a “sweet guy” he is when he’s sober. He was an immature, irresponsible, selfish moron who had no regard for this family’s safety as he was flying down Carson Street at twice the speed limit.

    Any man who will run away and LIE after he’s caused a tragic accident, drunk or not, has no excuse available to him. He is an ADULT. If you can’t drink responsibly, then stay the hell home. Nothing’s ever going to bring the little girl back, and this ignorant frat boy will NEVER be able to wrap his brain around the pain he’s caused.

    I agree that it’s not the bar’s job to babysit! What a pathetic remark on the part of his classmate; the blame lies 100% with the driver! HE chose to do what he did, and HE knew better. No excuses.

    WAKE UP, people. A child had to die so that this loser could get drunk and show off in his Mustang.

    • Maria

      Thank you AJ, I am a friend of the family and your right he should be held accountable for his actions and I can’t say here whatelse they should do to him. Please keep the prayers coming for the family. thanks

  • lisa

    its sad no matter what time of year it is

  • FT

    After hearing about this tragedy on the news this morning I held my daughter even closer! Life is so precious & it takes a tragedy to realize it, my thoughts & prayers go out to the husband & father of the victims. Though it’s always sad to loose a life, Christmas a time of Joy & Cheer will never be the same for the Cleland’s but to flee the scene I can have no remorse for you Travis, that was a cowardly act & you would have been found eventually. Though justice will never be served because we can’t bring Lexa back, they need to put him UNDER the jail!!

  • disguisted

    I am so saddened by this horrific accident. I was coming home sat. night and carson street was closed because of this nightmare. But I do know that this little girl who passed couldn’t be in better care, than in the hands of God that she is in now. My prayers go out to her family and I pray that the Holy Spirit will bring comfort and healing into their hearts. I pray that those that are closest to this family with have the strength and perseverance to be with them through their grieving process. As for the child who caused this accident, I hope that he will spend the rest of this life repenting for his sin and doing everything he can until his last day to make sure that nothing like this ever happens again.

  • FixPGH

    Southside needs those bars watered down! A majority of those bars need to go! People are too irresponsible to take charge of their own lives. It’s a crowded area and it’s so easy for an intoxicated person to run over someone (drunkingly) wandernig in the streets or crash with some innocent person just trying to manuver around the drunk people on their way home. GIVE SOUTHSIDE BACK TO THE RESIDENTS!!!!

  • West Greener

    This is a reply to the earlier post from the person saying how he comes from a good christian home.

    Just because someone attends church more then once a week doesn’t make them a “christian”. It is how they live their everyday life. Well for anyone that lives in the West Greene community we know how Travis lived his life. He was a party loving young man who liked to drink and drive as well as get high. If the family wasn’t so busy judging others maybe they would be able to take care of their own house. They were very aware of his drinking but yet did nothing to intervene. It might make them look bad you know! My heart goes out to the family of this poor sweet little girl! NOT to Travis and his reckless, thoughtless usual self!

    I have lived on the same road as him for several years. He was a constant menace to our road. He was always flying up and down this country road. It is a miracle that he hasn’t caused any accidents before this.

    • caring

      So you make allegations about a young man saying that you know he was a partier and oh i like how you tell the world you think he got high you would only know if you was with him right. yes right. so in fact if he was such a BAD boy why didnt YOU do something about it????? one of those ones that run a mouth but do nothing maybe just you could of saved this life!!! but yes travis did wrong and he has to ay learning a leason the hard way. heart goes out to all involved and i dont know this family just think its wrong for someone to slander someones name or a familty.

      And for the bar it is actually the responsibility of the server that if someone looks like they should not have anymore they are to stop serving them THIS IS THE LAW from a attorneys offices point of view. like I said he did wrong and needs to pay but to make allegations and to slander a name is against the law as well.

      • JL

        I really believe that people need to think and then post accordingly, These posts are not comforting to these poor family’s, the are in fact infuriating and heartless. This is not a place were people should pretend be the judge, jury, and executioner. That is for the courtroom, and the people assigned to do that. So instead of posting thoughts like this maybe you should just not hit the submit button and instead think about the innocent victims and their families that are going to be reading this. You know nothing of the pain they are going through and shouldn’t pretend to be so “caring”.

    • West greener Reponse

      I would agree that it is important that a person through live out on a daily basis what he or she professes (by the grace of God). I would also agree that just because someone goes to church more than once a week that is doesn’t make he os she a “Christian.”

      However it is apparent as you refer to Travis’ family as being “so busy judging others” that you have set yourself up to be their judges. Travis’ actions were terrible and criminal and the results of his actions were even more terrible. People from good familiies sometimes do terrible things in spite of what they have been taught and shown. . I cant help but believe that there are very few families who are not affected by the bad behavior of family and friends from time to time.

      It is reprehensible that you would use this terrible thing to express your distaste for this family through this platform as you air an attack against this adult man’s family. If you don’t like them that is your prerogative but you have shown that your agenda goes beyond offering an insightful contribution.

      This man’s family is a fine Christian family and you should keep the stones that you are throwing with you up in the peanut gallery.

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