Judge awaits more evidence before ruling on fatal crash

Pittsburgh – An Allegheny County Common Pleas judge on Wednesday withheld the verdict in a homicide by vehicle case against an Upper St. Clair man, saying that he was giving more time to both sides to establish the scientific value — or lack of it — of the data recorder in the crashed car…
“I can find no Pennsylvania case law which permits this use” of the recorder in the case, he said. “There is no precedent for introducing this into evidence.”That does not necessarily make it inadmissible, the judge continued, adding that there are appellate decisions in at least three states where the recorders can be relied upon.