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Pittsburgh man hit neighbor with car after argument, police say

PITTSBURGH — A Pittsburgh man was arrested Monday for hitting his neighbor with his car after an argument.

Kevin Garth, 53, is facing a list of charges, including aggravated assault by vehicle, accidents involving death or personal injury, reckless endangerment, criminal mischief, failing to stop and render aid and harassment.

Officers responded to the 4300 block of Bristol Street Monday afternoon for a vehicle versus pedestrian accident.

They spoke with the victim, who said Garth ran him over with his vehicle twice after an argument over a woman.

The victim’s niece, Mia Niskach, said she saw it all happen.

“I don’t know how he wasn’t dead,” Niskach told Channel 11′s Andrew Havranek.

Niskach said Garth ran her uncle over multiple times until his vehicle got stuck. She said her five-year-old brother was standing nearby.

“My brother was really close to being hit. Like, his car was right here, my brother was at the start of that fence,” Niskach explained. “My brother almost got hit. I saved my brother’s life.”

Niskach said seeing Garth run her uncle over was traumatizing.

“I was crying. I was in my dad’s arms brutally crying because I was traumatized after what I just saw,” Niskach said.

The victim was taken to the hospital with a severe gash on his arm and other injuries. His family said he was discharged early Tuesday morning.

“I’m really thankful that he is OK because I didn’t want to see anyone get brutally hurt,” Niskach said. “He definitely did get hurt, but not as bad as I thought he was going to get hurt.”

When police arrived at the scene, the vehicle was there, but Garth was not, according to court documents.

Officers found Garth at his home. He told officers the victim began damaging his vehicle and it was time to get home and the victim got in his way, according to the complaint. When officers asked why he left the scene of an accident, Garth allegedly said he was only concerned about his vehicle and had to get home.

He was placed in the Allegheny County Jail, bail denied. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 5.

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