Passenger Testifies In Mt. Lebanon Fatal Pedestrian Accident Case

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A trial for the man accused of hitting and killing a mother as she was pushing her two young children in a stroller in Mt. Lebanon continued Tuesday.

Benjamin Cope allegedly ran a stop sign at the intersection of Washington and Beadling Roads and hit Lisa Styles.

Carl Denig was a passenger in the vehicle at the time of the accident. His videotaped testimony was played for jurors on Tuesday.

When talking about Styles just after the accident, Denig said, “We locked eyes and it was sort of a moment of shared horror.”

He and Cope had been smoking marijuana while partying the night before the accident.

Right after the accident, Cope asked him if he should throw something out of the vehicle, or if Denig could throw something out of the vehicle.

As a result, Denig felt that Cope must have had drugs on him in the SUV at the time.

On Monday, 911 tapes were played from the day of the accident.

The trial is expected to last all week.


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One Comment

  1. chance says:

    Ya’ great! Let’s legalize drugs! We need more “Druggies” in our society.

  2. pittsburghmom says:

    So sad. Children without a mother and a young man who threw his life away for a night of partying. So so stupid.

  3. Paul says:

    He who is wiithout sin, cast the first stone…..

  4. Darren says:

    Was he high on marijuana at the time of the accident, or was he smoking marijuana the night before the accident and happened to hit her the next day?

    When I read the initial reports of the accident last year, I assumed he was high at the time of the accident. But this says he smoked the night before.

  5. LuciaFatima says:

    I don’t think that marijuana had anything to do with this accident. When you drive up Beadling to Washington Rd, you have to pull out in order to look left for traffic. Any driver could have hit her in a similar situation. The jogger was running from the driver’s right without any intention of stopping at the curb, and the driver didn’t see her. I see joggers do this all of the time when I’m driving down Castle Shannon Blvd in Mt. Lebanon towards Cooke Ln. I have never seen a jogger stop or slow down at the curb, nor look back to see if any cars are turning right. The driver will probably be found guilty, but I don’t think that he is totally at fault. Washington Rd is not a safe place for this kind of jogging activity with children. I feel bad for the jogger’s family because nothing can bring her back. God Bless to all involved.

  6. Darren says:

    They seem to be making a big deal about the marijauna, and I’m not real sure what it has to do with the accident either. If the accident happened at 1:00 p.m. what does the fact that he smoked pot the night before have to do with it? It sounds to me like he just didn’t see her or wasn’t paying attention or something.

  7. Roachclip says:

    Lets all smoke a big fat doobie

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