Man Dies After Hitting Police Cruiser, Crashing Truck

WILKINSBURG (KDKA) — A man hit a police cruiser before he fatally crashed his pickup truck in East Hills on Saturday night.

The Allegheny County medical examiner’s office identified the driver as 33-year-old Derek Winstead, of Pittsburgh.

It started around 9:30 p.m. in Penn Hills, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

The Post-Gazette reports that Winstead crashed into a police cruiser and three other vehicles at an intersection in Penn Hills. Winstead then took off and continued into East Hills.

Pittsburgh Police say officers were called to Swissvale Avenue and Park Hill Drive for a report of a crash.

At the scene, officers found that Winstead had crashed his truck into a tree. Paramedics transported him to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, where he was pronounced dead around 10:30 p.m.

Penn Hills police chief Howard Burton told the Post-Gazette the police officer who was in the cruiser at the time of the crash was taken to the hospital as a precaution with minor injuries. No one in the other three vehicles suffered any serious injuries.

Pittsburgh Police are investigating.

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