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Woman charged with sideswiping vehicle, pedestrian in Butler

A Chicora woman is accused of sideswiping a vehicle and hitting a man as he removed items from its back seat last month, according to charges filed by city police.

Abigail M. Fazzino, 26, was charged with misdemeanor accidents involving personal injury and cited for reckless driving and failing to stop and render aid after the hit-and-run on South McKean Street.

Police said they were dispatched to a crash involving a pedestrian around 11:12 p.m. March 25 and discovered a man with scrapes to his face and forehead near a damaged vehicle. The man refused medical treatment, documents showed.

The man told officers a white sedan sideswiped his vehicle and struck him as he was removing items from the rear passenger seat, police said. The back door of the man’s vehicle was bent completely forward so it was flush with the front driver’s side door, documents showed.

Surveillance footage showed the suspect vehicle was a white Toyota Corolla, which police said was registered to Fazzino. The vehicle was discovered in Chicora the next day and had damage, police said.

Documents showed police observed an alcoholic beverage in the cup holder of the vehicle and left instructions for Fazzino to call them about the crash.

Police said Fazzino appeared at the city police station for an interview, saying she had been at Helltown Taproom in Penn Township drinking from 7 until 11 p.m. on March 25.

Fazzino disclosed she “blacked out” around 10:30 p.m. and drove to Chicora alone, police said. According to documents, she said she did not remember arriving home, only waking up the next morning.

Documents showed when Fazzino described the route she takes to get home from the taproom it was consistent with where they saw her vehicle on surveillance footage and the timing of the crash.

Fazzino’s preliminary hearing before District Judge William Fullerton is scheduled May 6.

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