Penn State student struck, killed in Pittsburgh; Investigation underway



PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh police are investigating the death of a northeastern Pennsylvania judge's son who was hit by a car.

Investigators said 22-year-old Penn State student Cody Barrasse was struck early Saturday in the city's Oakland neighborhood on Bates Street.

Authorities said the driver initially left the scene but then called police.

According to police, the driver told officers that he was driving on Bates Street when he came upon three men standing in the road. The driver said he stopped but then took off because the men started pounding on his car.

Barrasse, who was pronounced dead Sunday morning, is the son of Lackawanna County Court of Common Pleas Judge Michael Barrasse.

Michael Levine, who first called 911, told Channel 11’s Renee Kaminski that he didn’t see the accident, but he heard loud screeching tires.

“There was a kid lying down, and one of his shoes was knocked off. He was bleeding a good amount,” Levine said. “It was pretty traumatic. He was lying there, still breathing but unconscious.”

Barrasse’s friends were also interviewed by police, and they said they thought the driver purposely hit Barrasse. Investigators haven’t released any other details about their investigation.