PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The man accused of hitting a 53-year-old pedestrian in the Strip District in December 2012 has been found guilty of criminal negligence.
There is now some closure for the family of 53-year-old Judith Kollar.
One of the drivers that hit her on that dark, rainy morning in December 2012 as she crossed the street in the Strip District heard his fate in court.
He is charged with criminal negligence, which is a third-degree felony when there is an accident involving death or permanent injury.
“We needed some closure for my mother,” said Ivan Braszo, Kollar’s brother. “She is 84-years-old and she took this very hard. If there would have been no resolution at all, what would we tell her?”
The person charged for leaving the scene of the accident is 61-year-old Brian Jamieson, a truck driver out of Ontario, Canada.
Jamieson was on Smallman Street because of another accident at 20th and Liberty, and he was running late making a delivery for the flower company he worked for in Canada.
Kollar was hit by three vehicles; including the white box truck that Jamieson was driving.
He left the scene and was found in Erie thanks to surveillance video.
Judge Flaherty told Jamieson it was a fateful day the morning of the accident at 14th and Smallman Streets.
He also told Jamieson he is an experienced driver and should have seen Kollar’s body and stopped.
“It was an accident,” said Braszo. “We weren’t really worried about any kind of sentencing that would have not brought my sister back, and I don’t think that man deserves anymore. It is up to the courts.”
The court will decide Jamieson’s fate July 11.
He had been going back home to Canada after each hearing and his trial, but Judge Flaherty sent him to the Allegheny County Jail, telling Jamieson’s attorney if he found a Pittsburgh residence for his client, he could be under house arrest.
But until then, he’ll be held in jail.