Former Rep. Melissa Hart Recovering From Traffic Accident Injuries

Teen driver strikes Hart as she opened door on parked SUV in Slippery Rock, police said.

Former Rep. Melissa Hart is in a Butler hospital, recovering from injuries sustained two weeks ago from an automobile accident involving a teen driver, KDKA is reporting.

A vehicle driven by a 17-year-old female struck Hart Jan. 26 as she opened a driver’s-side door on her parked SUV on Main Street in Slippery Rock, Police Chief Terry Fedokovitz said.

Either the door and-or the passing vehicle struck Hart and threw her to the ground, the chief told KDKA.

Initially, the teen kept driving, but then turned into a gas station at the end of the block, he added.

“She was very visibly shooken up about it. She stated she knew she hit something, (but) didn’t know what she hit,” Fedokovitz said.

Police are still investigating and have not charged the teen. The chief said the driver showed no signs of impairment and they did not know if she was texting at the time.

KDKA reported that no information has been released about Hart’s condition, but the station was told she  hopes to make a full recovery

Hart, of McCandless, represented Pennsylvania’s 4th District from 2001 to 2006. 

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John Marshall February 09, 2013 at 02:16 PM
The teen in this accident should not be charged. If anyone is to be charged it should be Hart. she was kin violation when she opened the car door into traffic. Impeeding the flow of traffic.
Julie Loeffler February 09, 2013 at 02:44 PM
You can make that determination from a newspaper article? Maybe the teen driver was too far over to the side...If just opening your car door after you park impedes traffic no one would ever get out of their cars. Just sayin.
Eugene Burke February 09, 2013 at 02:44 PM
One of the criteria that should be used to determine if one is permitted to write snarky, thoughtless, ill-informed and unkind remarks about former public servants is the the ability to write a coherent, correct English sentence.
Paul February 09, 2013 at 02:56 PM
Good question Julie. It sounds like someone doesn't like Melissa Hart so they have to interject their own personal opinion. Good luck on her recovery.
Julie Loeffler February 09, 2013 at 03:31 PM
If the above was directed to me, perhaps you should re-read what I posted in response to the gentleman who blamed Ms. Hart for the accident simply because she opened her car door. I proposed that the teen may have been at fault by driving too far over to the side of the road. Calling my remarks "snarky, thoughtless, ill-informed, and unkind" doesn't bother me, but attacking my writing abilities? That's just crazy talk.
Dan Harbowski February 09, 2013 at 03:40 PM
What a moron!
Bruce February 09, 2013 at 03:40 PM
Julie, I think that Paul was commenting on John's writing abilities & implied political view & complementing your q in his post..just sayin..
Julie Loeffler February 09, 2013 at 03:52 PM
Thanks Bruce, I was responding to Eugene's post that was directed at me. I guess I'll stop referring to posts as "above" b/c that pretty much refers to everyone. Thanks.
Julie Loeffler February 09, 2013 at 03:53 PM
Paul-thanks and I agree w/you. Good thoughts to Ms. Hart and her family.
Eugene Burke February 09, 2013 at 03:53 PM
My comment was to John -- if, after all these years you're still nursing a deep-seated grievance against Rep. Hart, and further, if you wish to blame her for opening her car door and impeding the progress of a 17 year-old driver, then at least write a few well-constructed sentences. Just sayin.....
Eugene Burke February 09, 2013 at 04:05 PM
Julie, I apologize if it wasn't clear initially. I absolutely wasn't aiming at you!
Julie Loeffler February 09, 2013 at 04:14 PM
Oops, sorry Eugene. I agree w/you-apparently facts and objectivity only matter when you like the person involved. Just apologizin'....
Mark A. February 09, 2013 at 04:30 PM
Johns comment may have been annoying but it had no implied political leaning whatsoever, it was commenting on the accident. Stop seeing political commentary everywhere you look, your life will be more peaceful.
Julie Loeffler February 09, 2013 at 04:55 PM
Mark, go back and read John's comment but replace Melissa Hart's name w/Joe Schmo and see how absurd it sounds, especially w/the adamant tone.
s. Fisher February 09, 2013 at 05:39 PM
You all sound like morons. Can't u find a better use of your time than this back and forth?
Jane Taxpayer February 09, 2013 at 05:49 PM
Our prayers go out to Ms. Hart for a speedy recovery and that she has not sustained any permanent injuries.
Mark A. February 09, 2013 at 08:43 PM
"The teen in this accident should not be charged. If anyone is to be charged it should be Julie Loeffler. she was kin violation when she opened the car door into traffic. Impeeding the flow of traffic." There are ZERO politics in this statement. You have been yelling your politics so long that you are now seeing phantom criticisms that are not there.
Julie Loeffler February 09, 2013 at 10:18 PM
Mark, you sound just a bit angry. If this makes you that upset, why are you bothering to comment? There's nothing wrong with a lively discussion about current events and/or politics, and this is the place to have it. Just ignore us-maybe you'll be more peaceful.
Jeff Schwartz February 09, 2013 at 11:37 PM
Best wishes to Melissa Hart on a speedy recovery.
Paul February 10, 2013 at 03:27 AM
Julie, I was talking about John M. You made a great observation. I agreed with you. Sorry about the confusion.
ernie banks February 10, 2013 at 04:16 AM
I certainly hope she makes a full recovery. She was great in Sabrina The Teenage Witch.
Julie Loeffler February 10, 2013 at 04:34 AM
Thank you, Paul-no need to apologize-I think I caused the confusion by not addressing a specific person in my post. Before today I never felt compelled to post anything anywhere so I guess I'll learn eventually. Thanks for the kind words.
Mark A. February 10, 2013 at 04:57 PM
You are projecting again. You seem to do that a lot. I'm not angry in the least, just pointing out reality.


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