Northeast man arrested in fatal hit-and-run

Po­lice were sus­pi­cious of An­gel Roque’s story early in their in­vest­ig­a­tion of a hit-and-run crash on Sept. 29 that took the life of a Wissi­nom­ing wo­man.

Those sus­pi­cions came to fruition on Oct. 12 when crim­in­al charges were filed against Roque, who al­legedly claimed falsely that his truck had been stolen from him be­fore the crash.

Au­thor­it­ies now al­lege that An­gel Roque, 28, of the 4800 block of Dever­eaux Ave. was, in fact, be­hind the wheel of the blue 1993 GMC pickup truck with dis­tinct­ive sil­ver flames painted on its sides that struck and killed Joyce Kenny, 46, on the 5400 block of Tor­res­dale Ave.

Kenny was walk­ing across the street, re­portedly on her way to work, when the north­bound vehicle struck her.

The crash oc­curred at 6:49 a.m. Shortly af­ter­ward, Roque called po­lice to re­port that his truck had been stolen. At about 7:30 a.m., of­ficers found the un­at­ten­ded and dam­aged vehicle on the 5900 block of Mil­nor St.

Po­lice ini­tially said that Roque was co­oper­at­ing with the in­vest­ig­a­tion that ul­ti­mately led them back to him. He al­legedly made up the story about the truck theft to cov­er up his ac­tu­al role in the crash.

Roque was charged with hom­icide by vehicle, driv­ing while un­der the in­flu­ence, caus­ing an ac­ci­dent in­volving in­jury or death, fil­ing false re­ports, tam­per­ing with evid­ence and re­lated charges.

Ac­cord­ing to court re­cords, Roque was already on pro­ba­tion for an­oth­er traffic crash in­volving al­co­hol and/or drugs.

That in­cid­ent oc­curred on Feb. 1, 2008, in the 25th Po­lice Dis­trict. At least three people were in­jured, but there were no fatal­it­ies, ac­cord­ing to po­lice sources. A pro­sec­utor in Roque’s new case de­clined to dis­cuss cir­cum­stances of the earli­er case.

In the 2008 case, Roque even­tu­ally pleaded guilty to caus­ing an ac­ci­dent in­volving death or per­son­al in­jury and was sen­tenced by Com­mon Pleas Court Judge Linda Car­penter to three years pro­ba­tion.

In ex­change for the plea, the dis­trict at­tor­ney’s of­fice dropped nu­mer­ous oth­er charges, in­clud­ing drug pos­ses­sion, drug dis­tri­bu­tion, driv­ing while un­der the in­flu­ence, as­sault and reck­less en­dan­ger­ment.

He re­mains in jail in lieu of $500,000 bail and is sched­uled for an Oct. 26 pre­lim­in­ary hear­ing. ••

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