Man jumps into Allegheny River after police chase, drowns

The Allegheny County medical examiner ruled the 19-year-old's death an accident

TARENTUM, Pa. (AP) – A man who jumped into Pittsburgh-area river following a police chase and crash drowned.

The Allegheny County medical examiner on Monday ruled the death of 19-year-old Sequorri Smith was an accident.

Police say the Arnold man nearly struck a pedestrian and sideswiped several parked cars in Tarentum early Sunday, then crashed at the base of the Tarentum bridge. A resident told police that the driver asked for help, then ran and jumped into the Allegheny River.

Investigators say Smith was seen clinging to a pier but later swam further into the river, began struggling and disappeared into the water. His body was recovered later Sunday.

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