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Man Charged with Hit-and-Run Crash Waives Hearing

Clifford Dilley will next appear in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas.

A Moon Township man with seriously injuring a teen in a hit-and-run crash on Moon Clinton Road waived his preliminary hearing Tuesday. 

Clifford Dilley, 76, of Wyndhurst Drive, is charged with felony accidents involving death or personal injury and reckless driving stemming from the Oct. 29  

Police said Dilley struck an unidentified 17-year-old girl as she walked home alongside Moon Clinton Road. Dilley told police he believed he hit a deer and continued home. 

Authorities found the girl lying unconcious along the roadway. She was flown to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital from the scene of the crash. Police said she was hospitalized in a physical rehabilitation unit in the months after the crash.  

Dilley appeared briefly Tuesday in Coraopolis District Court with an attorney. He next will appear in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas for a formal arraignment. 

Dilley came forward days after the October crash, telling police that he believed he struck a deer with his 2009 Chevrolet Silverado at about 9:30 p.m. while he was driving home from Appian Way Cafe & Lounge.

He said that a day later he heard about the hit-and-run crash on Moon Clinton Road from news reports and believed he might have been involved. 

Baby Girl April 04, 2012 at 08:49 PM
Horrible place for a girl to be walking at night.. there is poor lighting on that road, and no sidewalks, also i use to live in the little house that sits behind where the accident happened and there are so many deer that fly across that road.. came close to hitting a few myself. Just because someone sits in a bar does not mean they were drinking alcohol. i know this man and have seen him go there several times and only drink pop and eat. Its sad that the girl got hit for sure but it was an accident!
James April 07, 2012 at 09:19 AM
I live right off Moon Clinton and drive it twice a day at least. It is well lit and straight where the girl was hit. Its not an accident when you are drunk and/or not paying attention. He is blatantly at fault and I hope he is punished harshly.
poor tax payer April 26, 2012 at 11:56 AM
Many times I have almost hit people walking along a dark road, wearing dark cloths,. at night. You don't see them till the last second. I think most drivers have experienced this. This could have happened to anyone. Seems like an unfortunate accident since the man even turned himself in.
Jaun October 03, 2012 at 12:53 PM
A 76 YEAR OLDS REACTION TIME IS LIMITED AT BEST. THROW IN NIGHT DRIVING AND A FEW DRINKS AND THIS IS THE RESULT.EVEN IF HE REALLY THOUGHT IT WAS A DEER , WHY WOULD HE NOT PULL OVER ?
xoxmerr February 10, 2013 at 11:40 AM
It was not poor lighting. It was bright where it happened. And it is a straight path. I don't see how it could be just a freak accident. He left me for dead. I thank my life to my good friend that night. Because without him. I would no longer be here. And you may or may not know him, im not sure because I don't know you. But if you see him. Tell him I forgive him. Let him know how much he messed up my life. Forever.

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