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Pennsylvania Councilman Mows Down Protesters With His Mercedes Benz, Cops Say

Bell Acres Borough councilman Greg Wagner is accused of injuring two people after slamming his Mercedes Benz into a crowd of people who were protesting the police shooting of unarmed teen Antwon Rose.

By Gina Tron

A councilman allegedly drove his Mercedes Benz into protesters in Pittsburgh in June and now it looks like he’ll be facing consequences for what cops say was a hit-and-run.

Greg Wagner, 58, of Sewickley, Pennsylvania is a member of the Bell Acres Borough Council. He now faces charges three counts of recklessly endangering another person and other traffic violations for allegedly plowing into a crowd protesting a police shooting. Cops say he injured two people before fleeing the scene on June 22, according to WTAE in Pittsburgh.

"That was just not professional and I feel like he thought he wasn't going to get caught," one of the injured protestors, Brianna Williams, 20, told WTAE. She said she suffered a sprained knee and a fractured hip because of Wagner’s alleged actions.

Wagner was arrested eight days after the incident, on June 30.

"The outcome could have been way more serious. We had kids down there,” Williams said. “Lucky, no kids got hit and hospitalized."

The protesters had gathered to rally against the fatal police shooting of the unarmed teenager Antwon Rose, according to the Sewickley Herald. The incident was caught on video.

Williams said she would like to see the councilman resign. Area private school Sewickley Academy, where he volunteered as a middle school lacrosse coach, announced that they have severed ties with him on Saturday. 

“We are deeply disappointed by such reckless behavior and express our sincere concern for those who were injured in the incident,” the school said in a tweet.

Wagner’s next hearing is set for July 11. He was released from jail on his own recognizance. He is still listed as a councilman on the Bell Acres Borough website. They have not publicly responded to the allegations against Wagner.

[Photo: Pittsburgh Police Department]