MOTORCYCLIST KILLS GIRL, THEN COMMITS SUICIDE

Associated Press
Section: MAIN,  Page: A7

Date: Wednesday, May 24, 1995

ELIZABETH, Pa. A motorcyclist accidentally killed a 6-year-old girl, then fell to the ground, cried ``Forgive me! Forgive me!'' and shot himself to death.


``He just suddenly turned into judge, jury and executioner, all at once,'' said Edward Scheiber, the man's father. Witnesses told police 25-year-old Jason Scheiber rode his motorcycle rapidly down the road where Tiari Stevenson was riding her bicycle Monday evening in this small, rural community about 20 miles from Pittsburgh.


The motorcycle hit the girl and dragged her about 75 feet.


``They said he was crying and yelled, `Forgive me! forgive me!' as he looked at the body,'' Lt. David Graham said.


Lt. John Brennan of the Allegheny County Police said Scheiber then walked to the side of the road, lay down in the grass, pulled a .50-caliber pistol from his pocket and shot himself in the head.


Scheiber, who worked at a steel plant, had a permit to carry the gun and had no criminal record, Graham said. Police believe he did not know the girl.


Anthony Hines, 26, who lives across the street from Tiari, said he had let the girl out of a gate in a yard where he, Tiari's mother and other neighbors were talking. ``I ran out to the little girl,'' Hines said. ``We tried to talk to her, and tried to keep her alive. But she was already gone.''