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4/25/2017 7:42:44 PM
Posted: 6/29/2002 11:34:59 AM EDT
Man charged in son's accident Allegheny County police on Friday arrested a Brackenridge man on charges he coaxed his 6-year-old son to follow him on his bicycle in front of an oncoming freight train, which then struck and critically injured the boy. Allegheny County Judge Jeffrey Manning placed David Ernest Wuerger, 38, of Sixth Avenue, on house arrest yesterday afternoon under $50,000 bond. Manning will allow Wuerger to continue visiting his son at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. Wuerger has been by his son's side since the June 14 accident and he should be allowed to remain with his son, who is becoming more conscious, said Wuerger's attorney, Martin "Timmy" Shearer. Wuerger was charged with aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, endangering the welfare of a child and failing to obey train signals. "Clearly, it was an unsafe condition, and he had total disregard for his son's safety when he told him to cross," county police Assistant Superintendent James Morton said. During a news conference at Children's Hospital on June 17, Wuerger said he told his son not to follow him. County homicide detectives Lawrence Carpico and Michael Garlicki arrested Wuerger at 11:30 a.m. yesterday at the hospital in Oakland, where David Wuerger Jr. has remained in critical condition since the accident. About 9 p.m. that day, the father and son were crossing the tracks on bikes at Morgan Street in Brackenridge, a witness and the engineer and conductor of the Norfolk Southern train told police. The boy initially stopped 10 feet behind his father as the train's horn blew and brakes screeched, they told police. But then the boy followed his father across. Investigators say that Wuerger told them on the night of the incident that he had instructed the young boy to "hurry up" after he crossed ahead of his son. He also told detectives he had drank three beers at the local fire hall before setting out with his son on bicycles, police said. The train engine, tugging empty coal cars from Indiana County to Pittsburgh, hit the rear wheel of the boy's bike and threw him 20 feet into the air, police said. David fractured his pelvis and ribs and severely injured his lungs and heart. He also had a small perforation in the intestines, doctors said. "Even the small child had enough sense not to go over the tracks, until his father told him to go," Morton said. Wuerger has a history of alcohol-related arrests, including a 1988 conviction for homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence and involuntary manslaughter. A car that he was driving struck a utility pole on Dec. 13, 1986, killing his girlfriend, Susan Ganster, 20, of Shaler, and injuring a second passenger. Court records also show he was convicted twice for drunken driving in 1986 and '88, again in February 1999 for drug possession and public drunkenness, and nine months later for drunken driving, assault and harassment. [url]http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/tribune-review/news/s_78908.html[/url] [IMG]http://www.uniquehardware.co.uk/server-smilies/contrib/anym/behead.gif[/IMG]
Link Posted: 6/29/2002 12:29:59 PM EDT
I have a video on file of a kid getting hit by a train after his Dad(?) stopped at the tracks but the kid continued on. It knocked the kid sprawling, about 20 feet. Clearly not the same instance, no bikes in mine.
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