2008-12-18 / Local & State

Doctor Charged In Pa. Hit-And-Run Commits Suicide

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A Chicago doctor has committed suicide in a PA jail where he was being held on charges he killed a motorcyclist in a hit-and-run accident.

The Allegheny Co. medical examiner's office confirmed the death of Shiva Lal Acharya.

Acharya's nephew Ramesh Lamichhane, of Harrisburg, says the doctor killed himself about 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

Acharya was driving from Chicago to a job interview in Easton, Pa., on Sept. 4. Police say he began fleeing Ohio authorities at high speeds because he didn't have a valid driver's license in that state.

Police say he lost control of his car on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, hitting 46-year-old motorcyclist Keith Brown of Green Bay, Wis.

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