Driver in custody after car hits homes, gas meter on Federal Street



PITTSBURGH - A 44-year-old woman was taken into custody after Pittsburgh police said the car she was driving went off a road, and hit the porches of at least two homes and a natural gas meter Monday morning.

At least three homes were evacuated as a precaution along Federal Street, a busy thoroughfare on the city's North Side, a few blocks from downtown.

“I was awakened this morning by a crunch,” Lee Bannister said.

Equitable Gas crews were called out to fix the meter. City officials inspected the homes and deemed them safe to occupy.

No injuries were reported in the crash that happened around 3:30 a.m. Monday.

Homeowners who live in the area told Channel 11’s Brandon Hudson that crashes like this are one of their biggest concerns.

“The fact that you could be walking up the street with a friend, loved one, child or anyone knowing someone could run into you and kill you,” Bannister said.

Bannister said he’s sent letters to Mayor Bill Peduto’s office about the accidents on Federal Street.

"So far none of the elected officials have done anything to resolve the issue. They tell us why things won't work. They tell us what will work," Bannister said.

Police said the driver, identified as Lisa Williams, was charged with driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license and risking a catastrophe.