Traffic Blotter: BMW Hits Guide Rail as Driver Reaches Into Back Seat

Northern Regional Police Department provided the following information.

A BMW struck a guide rail on Warrendale Road in Pine township about 10:25 p.m. Friday when the driver reached into the back seat for something, according to a report.

Brian J. Edwards, 31, of Allison Park was driving a 2006 BMW 530 just west of  Treesdale Drive when the accident occurred, police said.

“Brian indicated that he was reaching for something in the rear seating area of the vehicle, when he veered to the right of the roadway, striking the guide rail. The vehicle sustained damage to the right front bumper, lighting, fender and wheel. The right front tire was also flat,” the report states.


Cadillac Rolls and Lands Upright

A Cadillac SRX driven by a 24-year-old Wexford man failed to negotiate a curve on eastbound Emmett Road about 5 p.m. Friday, went up an embankment, rolled over and landed upright, police said.

Robert Gurgiolo was driving on Emmett Road between Lyndhurst Circle and English Road in Pine Township when the accident occurred, the police report states.

“The rise of the embankment caused (the Cadillac) to roll back onto Emmett Road and continue in a roll pattern over a declined hillside on the westbound shoulder of Emmett Road,” according to the report.

The Cadillac came to final rest at the bottom of the hillside in an upright position, police said, and Gurgiolo exited the vehicle under his own power.

McCandless-Franklin Park Ambulance Authority checked the driver, who refused medical transport, the police report states.


Toyota Crosses Center Line, Hits Two Other Vehicles on Route 910

A Toyota Tundra crossed the center line on eastbound Route 910 in Richland Township about 7 a.m. Friday and struck two other vehicles, according to a Northern Regional police report.

Anandakrishnan Anandan, 55, of Valencia, told police the pickup's front tire apparently blew out causing it to cross the center line and strike a Chevrolet Cobalt and a Cadillac SRX, police said.

The accident occurred on Route 910 at the Clearview Road intersection in Richland Township, the report states.

Jake Swick, 23, of Gibsonia, told police the pickup struck the left rear of his 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt, according to the report.

George Welch, 70, of Gibsonia, saw the pickup hit the Cobalt and then sideswipe the left side of his 2011 Cadillac SRX, police said.

“(The) reporting officer observed no indicators on the roadway that (the Toyota Tundra) had suffered a ‘blow out’,” the report states.

Police said the pickup's front tire had excellent tread and “there was a large tear in the inner sidewall which appeared to have been caused by impact with the other units.”

responded, but no one was transported to a hospital.

towed all three vehicles.


Man Issued Traffic Citation for Running Red Light on Route 19

A 21-year-old Rochester man was issued a traffic citation Aug. 10 after he ran a red light at the Route 19-Bradford Drive intersection in Pine Township and collided with a Pontiac Grand Prix, police said.

Zachary Dobsch told police the green light was just starting to change when he hit his brakes and the brake pedal went to the floor in the 2008 Chevrolet Colorado he was driving about 4 p.m., according to the police report.

Natalie Mancini, 20, of Pittsburgh, said she was on Bradford Drive when the light turned green, the report states. When she started across Route 19 (Perry Highway), Dobsch's Chevrolet struck her Pontiac, police said.

McCandless-Franklin Park Ambulance Authority checked Mancini and her 9-week-old passenger at the scene, police said. The two went to UPMC Passavant via a private vehicle, the report states.

Two witnesses told police that Dobsch ran the red light, according to the police report.

John B. Lombardo Complete Collision of Warrendale towed Dobsch's pickup to W.L. Davison Auto Repair in Warrendale to have the brakes checked, the report states. The repair shop found the brakes to be OK, according to the police report.



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