A fender bender turns deadly when one of the drivers shoots and kills the other.
The suspect was driving a car like this one
The Hurleys — Pam and David and their sons — shared a normal and happy life in Turtle Creek, PA, until June 13, 1992. David and his brother were going to take a Boy Scout troop on a canoe trip. Unable to sleep the night before, David decided to go get a donut then stop by his brother’s house. He left home at 1:30 AM.
Why did the man shoot David?
About an hour and a half later, Pam was surprised to hear her husband calling out from the first floor. According to Pam, he said he had been shot:
“I was stunned and thoroughly shocked. I just couldn’t comprehend that he had been shot. That was just too unbelievable.”
While they waited for paramedics to arrive, David told his wife about the random attack.
He said he stopped for doughnuts and was heading towards his brother’s house when, suddenly, a car appeared out of nowhere and they sideswiped each other. David thought he and the other driver would just exchange insurance information and that would be it. Pam said David told her that the other driver punched him, then pulled out a gun and shot him:
“He said all he can remember is getting in the van and trying desperately to get home, to get away.”
Paramedics worked on David’s gunshot wounds
Police and paramedics arrived at around 3:30 AM, and David told his story again to Officer Michael Pruey of the Turtle Creek Borough Police:
“He was calm for a person that had just been shot. At that particular time, I was concerned with getting information that we could put on the air for the other units that were still out on the road.”
David was rushed by helicopter to a hospital in Pittsburgh, six miles away. At 4:30 AM, he was wheeled into emergency surgery. Two hours later doctors emerged from the operating room with news for Pam:
“And I remember we looked at the clock and it was 6:30 a.m. And I looked at my brother and I said this is great, they’re done already. It must have been a lot better than we expected because we expected 4-5 hours from what they told us.”
David had gunshot wounds in the arm and shoulder and he was bleeding internally from a lacerated liver. The operation had gone well, they told Pam, until David suddenly went into cardiac arrest.
“I said to him, you’ve got to be kidding. And he said, no, I’m not kidding, he’s dead.”
In searching for David’s killer, Detective Robert Lazzaro of the Allegheny County Police said they have very limited information to go on:
“We only have the description of a young, black male, driving a champagne colored Honda Prelude. And it’s good possibility that this individual is local.”
“When someone you love dies, it’s very painful and that never goes away and I’m sure that never well. But that pain is also turning to anger. To realize that there’s a person out there continuing with his life as if nothing happened, just makes me very angry.”
Watch this case now on Amazon Prime in season five with Robert Stack and in season four with Dennis Farina. Also available on YouTube with Dennis Farina. Various seasons available now on Hulu.
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