Sewickley Academy cuts ties with man charged with driving through protesters

Sunday, July 1, 2018 | 11:12 AM


Sewickley Academy cut ties with Gregory Wagner, a volunteer middle school lacrosse coach, after he was charged for allegedly driving his car through a group of protesters on Pittsburgh’s North Shore on June 22.

The private school is “severing its association with Wagner effective immediately,” according to a statement posted to its Twitter account Saturday.

Wagner, 58 of Sewickley, is also a Bell Acres councilman .

According to Pittsburgh police, Wagner drove his black Mercedes-Benz through a group of people who had shut down streets to protest the police shooting of unarmed teen Antwon Rose .

The incident, caught on video, happened at the intersection of Tony Dorsett Drive and West General Robinson Street just before 10 p.m. Three people reported injuries to police, including one with a back injury and another with an ankle injury.

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Pittsburgh police charged Wagner on Friday with three counts of recklessly endangering another person and two summary traffic violations — careless driving and driving the wrong way, according to court records.

Wagner’s preliminary hearing is set for July 11. He was released from custody on his own recognizance.

Here is the full Sewickley Academy statement:

“Sewickley Academy is aware of the situation involving Mr. Greg Wagner, who volunteered at the school with our Middle School lacrosse program. We are deeply disappointed by such reckless behavior and express our sincere concern for those who were injured in the incident. While law enforcement will follow their processes, which we support, Sewickley Academy is committed to the health, safety, and welfare of our students and community members, and is severing its association with Mr. Wagner effective immediately.”

Theresa Clift is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 412-380-5669, tclift@tribweb.com or via Twitter @tclift.

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