A suspected drug dealer was
cut in half Monday morning after he reached into a car that
sped away and slammed him into a utility pole, Pittsburgh
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Keith Johnson, of Pittsburgh, was arrested Tuesday on
charges of criminal homicide and numerous traffic offenses,
The crash happened early Monday morning near the
intersection of Murtland and Hamilton avenues in Homewood. (See
Officers said when they arrived, they found a blue
Dodge Neon badly damaged near a telephone pole.
The body of Antwon Williams, 45, of Friendship, was
found up the block, police said.
Two males inside the car were trying to buy crack from
Williams, and the driver tried to leave without paying, police
Williams reached inside the car, but a struggle ensued
and the driver pulled away with the victim still halfway
inside the car, police said.
"The victim reached in and tried to switch the
transmission into park, but the driver eventually was able to
keep it in drive and began to flee from the scene," said
Pittsburgh police Cmdr. Thomas Stangrecki.
The person behind the wheel drove with Williams hanging
out of the window until the man's body hit the utility pole,
Police said the driver lost control of the car and
crashed shortly after.
Witnesses said Williams didn't die immediately.
"I heard him hollering, 'Help,' but by the time I got
my clothes and stuff on, he was gone," said neighbor Kevin
After the crash, the people inside the car jumped out
and ran into some nearby woods, police said.
Authorities continue to investigate. Anyone with
information is asked to contact police.
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