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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A woman and her child were injured in a rollover crash following a police chase early Thursday morning in Pittsburgh’s Arlington neighborhood.
Police were called to the 2900 block of Spring Street around 2:30 a.m.
There, officers found a black SUV that had apparently struck a number of parked vehicles before it ended up on its roof.
According to Pittsburgh Public Safety officials, Mt. Oliver police officers had spotted the SUV earlier. It was speeding and “sparks were flying from underneath it.” A short chase ensued, but police quickly ended it just before the crash.
“I thought thunder might have hit or lightning hit right in my yard. It was that loud, and then when I realized it wasn’t thunder, I thought a house exploded,” said Laura Stumpff, neighbor.
Stumpff said she saw the male driver get out of the flipped SUV and walk away, but he wasn’t the only person in the vehicle.
Police say they found a 28-year-old woman and her 5-year-old daughter standing outside the overturned vehicle. The man who took off was the driver.
“The woman and the child were treated by paramedics, and I believe they were taken to the hospital,” said Stumpff. “The man walked down the street and when police arrived, he was no where to be found.”
The woman and girl were treated for minor injuries.
KDKA watched as neighbors in pajamas cleaned up car parts throughout the morning.
Megan Dees’ orange SUV was badly damaged when it was struck by the other SUV. She said heard the crash from inside her home.
“I look out and my car is completely turned around,” she said.
Dees said she did not see the driver of the black SUV following the crash that totaled the SUV that she had just purchased.
“I want to cry,” Dees said. “My first car. I just got it in March. I loved it.”
Pittsburgh Police are investigating the crash. They are looking for the driver.