PENN HILLS (KDKA) — An active scene for hours on Saltzburg Road as Allegheny County detectives reconstructed the fatal pedestrian accident. Penn Hills Police were first to arrive.

Tammy Guastaferro was in the Alcoma Plaza parking lot with her children in the car.

(Photo Credit: Brenda Waters/KDKA)

“I was getting out of the car and we heard squealing and a big bang and my eight-year-old started screaming ‘mommy, mommy he got hit.’”

Her son told KDKA’s Brenda Waters what he saw.

“The man was crossing the road and the guy was coming down fast, he tried to slam down on the brakes but he couldn’t, he was sliding and hit the guy,” he said.

This is a busy road and Guastaferro says cars were going by pretty fast.

“We went running to see and cars kept coming by like nothing happened they were going around him,” she said.

The victim was 66-years-old.

When paramedics arrived, they tried to revive him with CPR but he was dead at the scene.

The driver of the Toyota Corolla remained at the scene. The Allegheny County DA will determine if charges will be filed against the driver.

Stay with KDKA for the latest on this developing story.

  1. Trevor Frith says:

    Could not stop in time. 19 pedestrians and cyclists will die today and every day in car-pedestrian/cyclist crashes mostly because of the flaws and inefficiencies (poor reaction time and stopping distance – If this driver could have applied the brakes ¾ of a second sooner and stopped 40 feet shorter, there would not have been a crash!), of the right foot braking method which we are all forced to use when braking an electric or automatic transmission vehicle. There is no scientific justification for the right foot braking method other than ’that’s the way it’s always been taught’! NHTSA and GHSA studied this issue and concluded that female drivers have the biggest problem with this braking method (and male drivers as well if the research had been completed). But instead of continuing to blame female drivers why are they not looking for a solution by testing this braking method against the much safer, simpler and more efficient left foot braking method? Perhaps ME TOO is not the only victim of a male systemic belief.

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