Truck driver charged in fatal Route 28 crash headed to trial |

Truck driver charged in fatal Route 28 crash headed to trial

Emily Balser
Allegheny County Jail
Arther Wells

A tractor-trailer driver involved in a fatal crash on Route 28 in O’Hara more than a year ago is headed to trial.

Arther Wells, 70, of Mississippi, is charged with homicide by vehicle, involuntary manslaughter, recklessly endangering another person, reckless driving and following too closely.

Court documents show all charges were held for higher court after a preliminary hearing in district court Friday. He remains in the Allegheny County Jail. His bail is set at $5,000.

Wells turned himself in at the end of December after the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office approved the charges more than a year after the crash .

Wells is charged in the Dec. 6, 2017 crash that killed Zachary Wilkoski, 29, of Carnegie. Police say the tractor-trailer that Wells was driving rear-ended Wilkoski’s Mustang as it was stopped in traffic on Route 28 southbound near the Fox Chapel exit. Wilkoski was leaving work at Bayer Corp. in the nearby RIDC Park.

The initial police report indicated Wells was distracted. He was attempting to merge and didn’t see the traffic was stopped, causing him to crash into Wilkoski’s car, the report said. Wilkoski’s car was completely stopped.

According to court documents, Wells next court appearance will be March 13.

Court documents list Pittsburgh-based Michael Waltman as Wells’ attorney. A message left for him Monday morning was not immediately returned.

Emily Balser is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Emily at 724-226-4680, [email protected] or via Twitter @emilybalser.