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Pedestrian accident in Oakland still under investigation

Earlier this month, 22-year-old Cody Barrasse, the son of Lackawanna County Court of Common Pleas Judge Michael J. Barrasse, died following an accident in Oakland. As of earlier this month, the accident was still under investigation, and no new reports are yet available.

The young man’s friends reported different accounts of the incident. Police arrived afterward to find Mr. Barrasse, lying unconscious on Bates Street with a head injury. His friends said that the driver of the silver BMW that struck him, purpose drove into him and then left the scene. Mr. Barrasse, who was a senior finance major at Penn State set to graduate this spring, died of injuries sustained in the auto accident

The driver’s name has not been released, but he called 911 from a convenience store after the accident. He was accompanied by a passenger. According to the driver’s account, three men approached his vehicle on Bates Street, and he stopped to avoid hitting them. The man, according to his account, surrounded the car and began pounding on the car hood and roof, and one of the men pulled open a car door. He then drove from the scene to avoid harm or possible confrontation.

Both the witnesses in Oakland were taken in for questioning after the incident, but the investigation is still ongoing, according to sources.

It isn’t known yet whether any civil claims will be filed in the incident. We will keep our readers updated as information becomes available. 

Source: Source: Pittsburgh Post Gazette, “Police continue to investigate Oakland pedestrian death,” April 8, 2013. 

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