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article imageDrug Dealer's Body Severed In Crash

By Carolyn E. Price     Feb 22, 2007 in Crime
Police say: "We believe the top half of his body was inside the vehicle and the lower half was outside."
Antwon Williams, 45, was selling crack cocaine early Monday morning when the drug deal suddenly went really, really bad.
Mr. Williams passed the crack to a man driving a Dodge Neon and then the man tried to drive away without paying for it. Mr. Williams dove inside the driver's side window to try to shift the car from drive to park to keep the driver from leaving, the two men struggled. The driver was able to pull away and he drove off with Mr. Williams hanging out the window.
The car sped away going down the street the wrong way. The car then swerved into another lane and Mr. William's body hit a utility pole. His lower body was severed when it got caught between the utility pole and the frame of the car door.
After the crash, the Neon continued driver until the driver lost control and crashed. The driver and his two passengers, a man and a woman, ran away.
A Pittsburgh paramedic found the severed body after city police responded to reports of a crash at 6:12 a.m. and found a smashed Dodge Neon on Hamilton with no sign of the driver.
The medical examiner's office said Antwon Williams died of a "complete transection of the lower body at the pelvis" and ruled the death a homicide.
One of Mr. Williams' family members who arrived at the scene screamed and collapsed when she realized what had happened.
"We believe the top half of his body was inside the vehicle and the lower half was outside," said Cmdr. Thomas Stangrecki, head of major crimes.
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