Coroner identifies victim of fatal SUV accident

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Police have identified the man who was killed after being hit by an SUV on Erie’s east side Wednesday night.

Erie County Coroner Lyell Cook on Thursday said the victim was 18-year-old Tevin Kalinowski.  

Kalinowski was pushed into traffic by a dog before he was hit by an SUV on Wednesday night.

Kalinowski was walking in the area of East 28th and Ash streets around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday when a dog came running after him, police said.

The dog jumped on him, knocking him into traffic before the man was hit by a passing SUV, according to police.

Kalinowski was taken to UPMC Hamot for treatment where he later died from his injuries.

At this time the driver is not facing charges.

Police say the driver was a 16-year-old girl with her learner’s permit and her first day on the road and her mom was in the car with her.

Erie police continue to investigate the accident.

Police said at this time, they have not identified the dog.

They would not comment on whether or not the dog owner could face charges.

Attorney Eric Purchase said there is one law that holds pet owners responsible to keep their dogs confined to their property and another law if the dog attacks and severely injures or kills a person, but he said there must be evidence to prove the case.

“There has to be proof that the owner was negligent or reckless or acted intentionally. In this case we don’t know any of the facts necessary to form an opinion about what happened,” Purchase said.

Police said there were no witnesses to the accident and no surveillance cameras in the area.

The investigation is still on going.

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