Man accused in fatal hit-and-run waives prelim

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PITTSBURGH - A man accused in a deadly hit-and-run accident appeared before a judge Friday and waived his preliminary hearing.

According to police, Michael Rafolski was driving drunk when he slammed into 25-year-old Sean Conroy as he crossed the street.

The crash happened on Pioneer Avenue in Brookline as in the early morning of Feb. 9.

The criminal complaint stated several passengers were in Rafaloski’s car at the time of crash. Those passengers said they were all drinking at a nearby bar before the crash. 

Police said they tracked Rafaloski to his home in Beechview and officers, “observed a strong odor of alcoholic beverages coming from Rafaloski’s breath.”

According to the criminal complaint, Rafaloski told police he thought he hit a deer.

Rafaloski posted bail at the end of February after spending nearly a month in jail.

On Friday, one of Rafaloski’s two DUI charges was dropped. He is still facing homicide by vehicle charges, among others.

He has an arraignment scheduled in April.

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