Six Pittsburgh high school students struck by car, driver being questioned by police

By Amanda Klein | October 9, 2018

Six Pittsburgh Public Schools students were injured, one seriously, Tuesday afternoon when they were struck by a vehicle on Centre Avenue in the Hill District.

While none of the students suffered life-threatening injuries, one student was transported to a hospital in serious condition, according to a Public Safety Department spokesman. Five other students are reported to be in stable condition.

Four students were taken to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and two were taken to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital.  All six students attend University Prep on Centre Avenue.

According to police, the accident occurred around 2:45 p.m. at the intersection of Centre Avenue and Ewart Drive when a vehicle being driven by a female high school student struck the six teens.

The driver along with a male passenger initially fled the scene, but later returned. Police took them in for questioning. No charges have been filed at this time, the spokesman said.

“Our focus has been on the students who are at the hospital. Obviously, we want to make sure that they are with their families. We have district administration, as well as school administration there supporting the students. We find it very important that they are our first and primary focus,” said Pittsburgh Public Schools Assistant Superintendent Melissa Friez.

Pittsburgh Police’s Collision Investigation Unit is investigating the crash scene, and Pittsburgh Police Violent Crimes Unit Detectives are interviewing witnesses and suspects.

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