2010-09-30 / Local & State

Pittsburgh Mechanic Guilty In Brake-Failure Fatal

PITTSBURGH (AP) – A Pittsburgh transit company mechanic faces prison when he’s sentenced in December for lying about inspecting brakes on a school van that crashed, killing a teacher’s aide for special-needs students.

An Allegheny County judge jailed 35-year-old Mark Fabian, revoking his bond immediately after his conviction Thursday on a charge of involuntary manslaughter. He’ll be sentenced Dec. 1 in the death of 53-year-old Colleen Visconti, after the crash on Sept. 3, 2009.

Fabian’s attorney had blamed the crash on the van’s driver, who testified that she noticed problems with the brakes, but was told they’d been fixed.

A jury agreed that Fabian didn’t inspect the brakes and instead wrote a false report saying they were OK when he worked for A-1 Transit, which contracts with Pittsburgh Public Schools.

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