Former Allegheny County officer charged in fatal hit-and-run

January 18, 2013

MCKEESPORT, Pa. (AP) — A former Allegheny County police officer has been charged in a fatal hit-and-run accident.

Police say 64-year-old Timothy Tatters of White Oak was arrested Friday morning.

Authorities allege that Tatters struck 56-year-old Lorraine Wilkes with his Jeep Cherokee at about 4 a.m. Wednesday morning. She died soon afterwards at a local hospital.

Investigators say that Tatters told them he thought he hit a dog, though Wilkes reportedly weighed about 320 pounds.

Tatters was charged with an accident involving death, a felony, and careless driving, according to court documents.

No attorney was listed on court papers and Tatters couldn’t be reached for comment.

Police say Tatters retired from the force in 1993.



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