McKees Rocks woman charged with homicide in fatal 10th Street Bypass accident

By Steve Pope | November 21, 2018

Pittsburgh police have charged a McKees Rocks woman with homicide in a fatal crash on the 10th  Street Bypass in May, that killed one man and injured several others, including three children.

In a criminal complaint filed Wednesday, police alleged Desiree Nelson, 40, was driving 33 mph over the posted speed limit of 35 mph on May 12, when she lost control of her SUV after hitting another car’s bumper while making an illegal lane change.

The crash killed 61-year-old Michael Markilinski who was driving the car that Nelson struck after she lost control of her SUV.

Police said Markilinski was awake and speaking to them but quickly lost consciousness. Paramedics transported him to Allegheny General Hospital  where he was pronounced dead shortly after arriving.

Nelson told police in a June 12 phone call that she didn’t remember the accident, saying “I don’t remember it, I don’t know what happened,” the complaint said. She also claimed she injured her back and suffered a collapsed lung in the accident.

Her three children suffered minor injuries and were treated at UPMC Children’s Hospital, the complaint said.

A witness told police Nelson was attempting to pass another vehicle and clipped the front bumper causing her SUV to veer across the road and collide with the vehicle driven by Markilinski.

Nelson is charged with homicide by vehicle, involuntary manslaughter and three counts of child endangerment.

A warrant has been issued for her arrest.

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