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Witness Recounts McKnight Road Dragging Incident

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ROSS TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — The unidentified victim of what police say may have been a road rage incident in Ross Township remains hospitalized.

The incident happened during rush hour Wednesday, just after 5:30 p.m., on McKnight Road.

“And all I said to my husband was ‘Oh My God! They’re dragging him down McKnight Road,” a woman, who witnessed the incident, told KDKA-TV’s Mary Robb Jackson.

The woman, on a cell phone to her husband, was stopped at the light on Patrick Place at the entrance to Ross Park Mall.

“And I noticed there was a black SUV, and there was an individual who was going around front making motions to the people inside the car trying to get them to talk to him,” she said.

With windows up, she could not here what was upsetting the man, who had exited his tan truck and was standing his ground when the light turned green.

“I noticed as the black car pulled away there were some legs flailing alongside of it,” the woman added.

Hanging one to the passenger-side door of the SUV, the man was dragged a quarter-of-a-mile.

“They did not slow down. They didn’t,” she said. “I’m not sure if they noticed he was on there or didn’t want to stop.”

The woman following tried to slow traffic.

“And he fell off right in front of the Mattress World,” she said.

The woman pulled over and a store clerk called 911. The victim, who appeared to be in his mid-20s, was bleeding from his mouth and had his pants completely torn off.

“His face was black and blue already,” the witness said. “He was unconscious when we got there.”

“We do have multiple witnesses,” said Sgt. Benjamin Dripps of the Ross Township Police Department.

Detectives are interviewing and re-interviewing those witnesses. They’ve also collected good surveillance footage from businesses and traffic cameras.

The victim, suffering multiple facial fractures, remains in Allegheny General Hospital.

“It was very surreal,” adds the woman who witnessed the confrontation from beginning to end. “This is the type of thing that happens in movies; it doesn’t happen on McKnight Road.

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