Former Allegheny Co. officer charged in deadly McKeesport hit-and-run

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MCKEESPORT, Pa. - Police said they arrested a former Allegheny County police officer in connection with a deadly hit-and-run in McKeesport earlier this week.

Investigators said Timothy Tatters, 64, is facing accidents involving death or serious injury and careless driving charges.

Allegheny County homicide detectives said Lorraine Wilkes, 56, was walking between a gas station convenience store and the long-term care facility where she lived when she was hit by the vehicle about 4 a.m. Wednesday.

She was tossed into a bushy area and not found for about 45 minutes, then died of her injuries later at hospital. Wilkes lived in Senior Care Plaza, which is described as a facility for seniors or those with disabilities that prevent them from caring for themselves.

“We believe she was struck in the lane of travel and either fell or was thrown onto the sidewalk,” Lt. Andrew Schurman said.

According to the affidavit, Allegheny County police were contacted by McKeesport police after they received an anonymous tip from someone who reported a neighbor arriving home early in the morning with front-end damage to his car.

When police arrived at Tatters' home, investigators said they found damage on the right, front-end fender flare of his Jeep Cherokee.

According to the affidavit, Tatters told police "he knew they would be coming."

Tatters said he originally thought he hit a dog and then later realized it may have been a deer.

The medical examiner said he found hair samples on the car.

Tatters said he was at the Country Corral Bar from 2:30 p.m. Tuesday until 1:30 a.m. Wednesday. Tatters told police he was there because his ex-daughter-in-law was training as a new bartender. The affidavit said Tatters admitted to having three beers before driving home.

According to Tatters, there was a light freezing rain when he was driving and he thought he was going about 35 mph.

“Whether he was a steel worker, an engineer or a dentist, we’re still going to do everything as we normally do,” Schurman said.

Tatters is in the Allegheny County Jail awaiting arraignment. Officials said he retired from the Allegheny County police force in 1993.