MONROEVILLE (KDKA) – A man has been charged after allegedly causing a fatal accident in Monroeville Sunday, and police say the worst part is he tried to get his mother, and then his wife to take the blame.
Police say 32-year-old Fremont Mathias was driving his truck on Hochberg Road around 9 a.m. when he swerved into the other lane hitting 69-year-old Lawrence Matvey’s motorcycle. Matvey dies as a result of the accident.
“We believe he crossed the center line, hit the motorcyclist head on.” Lt. Andrew Schuman of the Allegheny County Police told KDKA Investigator Marty Griffin.
“During the accident he broke the axel, or the wheel from the truck, and he couldn’t move it any further.”
Investigators said Mathias then walked to his home nearby and tried to get his wife and mother to tell police they caused the crash.
“He tried to enlist the help of his family to cover up what he had done, and get one of them to take the blame for the accident,” Schuman says.
Investigators say he asked his mother to call 911 and take the blame because she has a good driving record.
When she refused, police say Mathias’ wife called 911 and took the blame for the accident.
Police say they are now looking into possibly charging her, because she took some steps to aid him.
Mathias is facing a list of charges including, homicide by vehicle and driving with a suspended license.