Nearly a year later, police have charged 41-year-old Michael Bright. Police said they found pieces of the van at the time of the crash and a few weeks later, tracked it to the owner, Bright’s mother.READ MORE: Fourth Stimulus Check: Is Another Relief Payment Coming Soon?
When investigators interviewed her, she told them on the night of the crash she went to leave for work, but her van wouldn’t start. She said she went back inside her home, and when she came back out, the van was gone, so she called 911 to report it stolen.
Police said the van was eventually found on Melrose Street in Swissvale, near her daughter’s home. Police later obtained a search warrant for Michael Bright’s phone, and were able to trace it on a path consistent with the van’s travels, putting it at the same time and location of the crash.
When they interviewed Bright, he told police he spent most of the day of the crash at his sister’s home. He also told police he may have left his phone in the van, and didn’t remember getting it after the van was recovered.READ MORE: 1 Person Injured In Rollover Crash In Wilkinsburg
KDKA went to Bright’s home in Homewood Monday morning to try to talk to him about the charges, but he didn’t answer. However, his mom, who lives next door, came outside and told us her son would never use her car without asking, let alone, steal it.
Once police find Michael Bright, it will be up to the court decide.
Bright faces multiple charges, including accidents involving death or personal injury.MORE NEWS: Survey: Pennsylvania Among Best States To Live In, West Virginia Among Worst
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