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Investigators Reviewing Surveillance Video In Oakland Hit & Run

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Police are looking at surveillance video as they investigate a hit-and-run in Pittsburgh’s Oakland section last week that sent a woman to the hospital with critical injuries.

They are searching for the vehicle involved, which they say was spotted on camera.

As Frank Varrati watched the surveillance video of his sister for the first time, he seethed with anger.

“I don’t think it’s a person, it’s just a coward,” said Varrati. “That’s the only words I have for that. And if he’s out there watching this, please turn yourself in.”

Maria Varrati, 60, was hit at Bates and Atwood Streets around 6:45 a.m. last Friday.

Investigators say whoever hit her left her there to die.

“She has a broken hip, broke tibia, broken cheekbones, a couple tears in her spleen, and a little bit of internal bleeding, and plus, a head injury,” said Varrati.

The video doesn’t show much. Police believe the vehicle that hit her is a light-colored sedan that briefly passed through the intersection of Atwood and Bates.

Varrati is hopeful that someone saw something and calls police.

“It’s a poor lady, all she was doing was crossing the street and for someone to hit her and just leave her there to die, I think it’s just very wrong,” he said.

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