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Hit and Run in Bloomfield

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Elmo

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Mar 13 2013 at 7:12am #

WPXI Traffic twitter (@WPXITraffic) reporting a “bicycle Hit-n-Run Accident with Injuries. Bloomfield: Liberty Ave at S Matilda Street.”


Erica

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Mar 13 2013 at 7:39am #

That intersection is pretty terrible. the traffic coming from S Mathilda is aggressive because the traffic on Liberty refuses to stop or slow, even for pedestrians.

Hope the cyclist is okay and that the driver gets caught.


scott

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Mar 13 2013 at 7:57am #

That intersection is awful for everyone, but especially for pedestrians and bicyclists. I’m trying to find the description of the car. If I do I’ll post it here.


Swalfoort

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Mar 13 2013 at 8:27am #

Nooo! Not another one!

Any word on the condition of the cyclist?


Benzo

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Mar 13 2013 at 9:12am #

I think that intersection is due for an upgrade, preferably a stop light with ped signals.

It’s always sketchy there, people make blind turns, ignore vehicles / bikes right of way, fail to signal when pulling in to the gas station, pulling in to the bike lane and sitting there when trying to exit the gas station and cut through the bike lane to get to the gas station (driving down it, not turning across it).


Erica

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Mar 13 2013 at 9:35am #

some ped activated walk signals (like at liberty/17th) would be awesome there


mr marvelous

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Mar 13 2013 at 9:55am #

The woman hit is my Co worker. Everyone is pretty upset at work. She has a broken leg


bikeygirl

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Mar 13 2013 at 9:58am #

Anybody know who it is? This is AWFUL!!!!! :(


Erica

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Mar 13 2013 at 10:24am #

Marcel, send her some well wishes from all of us, especially those of us who have to go through that intersection (I did about an hour ago)


mr marvelous

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Mar 13 2013 at 10:29am #

@Erica, I sure will


shangar1022

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Mar 13 2013 at 10:42am #

Please let her know that I’ve been thinking about her all morning (I was driving by right after she got hit and called 911). I’m so glad that she wasn’t more seriously hurt. I really hope the bastard who hit her gets a swift kick of karma.


jonawebb

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Mar 13 2013 at 10:43am #

@mm, since you seem to be in touch, any description of the car?


salty

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Mar 13 2013 at 11:07am #

That sucks, best wishes to the victim and while a broken leg is awful I’m glad it wasn’t worse.


stefb

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Mar 13 2013 at 11:08am #

Oh man. That sucks. Liberty is terrible even though there are bike lanes. Well, in that area, the newest paint is nearly gone because people drive on them.


Callahan

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Mar 13 2013 at 11:38am #

There are hospital cameras at this intersection, yes?


jdgPGH

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Mar 13 2013 at 1:50pm #

Assuming there was a collision, and not a “run off the road” incident, there may be some physical evidence. What color was the bike? There may be some bike paint on the (dented) car. There also might be some car paint on the bike.

J.


srpit

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Mar 13 2013 at 1:57pm #

Ditto what Erica said, MM. Please tell her we hope she heals quickly and that they catch the driver.


bikeygirl

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Mar 13 2013 at 2:00pm #

Healing thoughts send her way!


NotReally

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Mar 13 2013 at 3:01pm #

i just happened to be walking down liberty when that poor girl got nailed. now, i’m no car expert, but i’d say it looked like a 90’s american-made car. it was super-light blue, almost white, and she had a red bike that may have scratched up the front-right side.

hope she heals up soon. i cant believe that Jerk just drove away. unreal. smdh


Pierce

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Mar 13 2013 at 3:16pm #

Every time somebody gets hit my coworkers always think it’s me, so you could tell her my coworkers were thinking of me :P

In a way, every time somebody gets hit, it reminds all of the people who know we cycle to drive more cautiously around bikes


Marko82

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Mar 13 2013 at 4:45pm #

@notreally, thanks for the info.

I hope the girl/woman will be ok.


Mikhail

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Mar 13 2013 at 4:49pm #

Man, it sucks! Hope she will be OK.


thirstybuck

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Mar 13 2013 at 5:01pm #

This is my coworker as well. I was angry and crushed when she wrote me about what happened.

How many times must this happen Pittsburgh! This is how we treat our best citizens that are trying to make our city a better place to work, visit, and live.


mr marvelous

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Mar 14 2013 at 7:49am #

What my boss told me today, she is doing well. She just recently got hired with us so she doesn’t yet have health insurance and her time off will be without pay and she did have surgery to repair her broken femur. I don’t know much about the car except she did roll over the hood so there should be some damage. I’m not posting her name or personal info for her privacy.


Swalfoort

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Mar 14 2013 at 8:03am #

Mr Marv; We don’t need to know her name or personal information. We like to know the details of the incident, because at some level when we read the news I think we all mentally put ourselves on our bikes at that location, and anticipate the scenarios that might have played out. I’ve justfied that behavior in myself as “pre-planning” for a potential incident thar I might experience.

But, most importantly, I think we all seek to know that SOMEONE knows the victim, so that the victim knows that there is a whole community of people out here wishing them a full and speedy recovery.

The bit about the lack of health insurance — or even worse, that health insurance was likely to be available within days, doesn’t help in the case of a hit and run. I am really sorry about that bit, too.


rsprake

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Mar 14 2013 at 8:15am #

Holy shit. She rolled over the hood and the driver drove away? Is there a description of the car yet?


srpit

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Mar 14 2013 at 9:43am #

Un-B-lievable!! No way the driver can claim ignorance. I hope they get caught and do some serious jail time for this.

Does anyone know if there are any leads yet? Was this even on the news? I didn’t see anything last night or this morning.


ajbooth

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Mar 14 2013 at 10:32am #

Would it be out of place to suggest a combination fund-raiser and awareness event? Fund raising to help the victim defray some of her costs, and awareness because it’s needed? I for one would be willing to help, and willing to donate.


a brick

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Mar 14 2013 at 10:55am #

Yes, ajbooth, it’s totally appropriate to suggest an event like that. I’m a close friend and will speak with them about the idea. I also organize events and fundraisers, so perhaps we could keep in touch.

As for gathering testimony & evidence, further description of the car (how many doors, SUV or not) would be excellent, I would happily do an artist-rendering of it if need be! Does anyone knows the legalities behind obtaining video footage from near-by businesses (PNC Bank, gas station, etc.) ? I guess clearly something police would have to obtain, but do they do that in situations like this?


rachel_ding

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Mar 14 2013 at 11:43am #

Ugh, just connected a friend’s crash I heard about last night with this hit-and-run thread.

a brick, yes please keep in touch with the message board if they are open to a fundraiser event, or if someone is already planning one that the public can also go to/participate in.


Kordite

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Mar 14 2013 at 1:03pm #

“Does anyone knows the legalities behind obtaining video footage from near-by businesses (PNC Bank, gas station, etc.)”

In a previous instance where a crime could have been caught on a PNC camera, I went to PNC (I work for them) and they would not do anything unless the police came to them. Zero sense of community, empathy or justice, they will do nothing unless the crime is against them or the police seek them out directly.


NotReally

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Mar 14 2013 at 1:49pm #

ok, so i have been googling cars all day, and i *think* it looked something like a buick lesabre. i’m not saying it was a buick, but it was similar. wish i had taken a better look, but i had this wild idea the driver was going to stop and pull over. it still blows my mind.

also, i think a fundraiser is a great idea. anyone have connections to organize something like that?


buffalo buffalo

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Mar 14 2013 at 2:08pm #

Erica, any idea if Big Idea would be willing to do something if the victim is interested?


beccameadow

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Mar 14 2013 at 2:43pm #

I am old friends with the victim and was just at the hospital. They looked up car pics and said that the car looked a lot like a Lincoln MKZ.

A fundraiser sound great and I’m happy to help in whatever ways I can.


scott

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Mar 14 2013 at 2:47pm #

Becca,
Did they have any idea if it was a newer model or older model MKZ? Also is white or light blue what we’re looking for?


Erica

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Mar 14 2013 at 2:49pm #

Erica, any idea if Big Idea would be willing to do something if the victim is interested?

Actually, Brick works at the big idea with me, so if she ends up helping to plan a fundraiser, it would be easy for us to get involved – we’ll have to run it by the group first though.


beccameadow

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Mar 14 2013 at 2:52pm #

They thought it was a newer model and were not positive that it was an MKZ, just that it looked like one. Also they saw it as white, but said that it was entirely possible that a really light blue read as white in the daylight.


stefb

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Mar 14 2013 at 4:24pm #

A femur fracture in a young, healthy person usually results from a lot of force.. Ugh I hope they catch the bastard. Hopefully the driver is insured and auto insurance covers medical bills.. If the car/driver is found.


hardtravelin

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Mar 14 2013 at 9:01pm #

Just got back from the hospital visiting her. She’s beat up but in good spirits. Family just got to town a couple hours ago, so she has someone to look after her ’round the clock. she’ll be in the hospital for at least 2-3 more days. she also said she’s cool with her identity being known, so if you know Jai/MJ/MaybeJai, it was her.

really bummed about this. if a benefit is put together, i’d be glad to assist.


billy B

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Mar 15 2013 at 8:17am #

Hi, I registered just to post here. Hardtravelin, thanks for posting about visiting MJ. I would also be glad to help with any kind of benefit event. If music acts are wanted, the other band I am in would gladly play. (Not the band that MJ is in, of course.)

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