In light of the couple killed in the hill district last week (Henry Walker and Carol Williamson), I thought we ought to start a thread of local incidents where Pedestrians are killed or injured by cars.
We all become pedestrians at some point during our travels regardless of the transport mode - train, car, bus, bike or even horse drawn carriage. So lets make our roads safe for pedestrians, and lets start keeping track of incidents.
Woman struck, killed in parking lot of Monroeville Giant Eagle
"An 87-year-old woman died Tuesday after she was struck by a vehicle in the parking lot of the Monroeville Giant Eagle."
Envision Downtown has done some research on this as well. They've compiled and illustrated locations of all pedestrian/vehicle collisions in downtown from 2007-2014:
The gist? Ross St intersections are the likeliest place for you to get hit by a vehicle while you are crossing the street
There was one on Greentree Road a month or so ago. I recall a thread about it.
Police: Motorist Runs Stop Sign, Hits McKees Rocks Crossing Guard
Apparently, the driver blew through a stop sign, said that the sun was purportedly in his eyes. Throught I read that he was going to be charged.
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From another thread; breaking news of a pedestrian hit near the intersection of 20th and Carson on the South Side.
This is getting ridiculous, especially in Oakland.
I have a Facebook friend who was on the bus, witnessed the incident, called 911 and took photos.
I think it would be best if I did not repeat her highly descriptive post here.
So at what point do the organizations responsible for the roads in Oakland figure out that something is terribly wrong and take action? It seems like every week or so we've been getting stories like this. We can't wait until the possible federal funding in 2017 to do anything.
In this particular case, there isn't a design fault, I don't think. This one is more a matter of thinking to look both ways before stepping off the curb.
The news stories do indicate that the person attempted to j-walk in front of a bus, so it was their own fault. However, I still think that having a road with 6 lanes of traffic and having that road be a major pedestrian thoroughfare with crossings is stupid.
@Stu: It may not technically be a "design" fault, but isn't it a structural fault? Having a 4 lane road (and regardless of the posted speed limits, traffic goes just as fast as they can) running right down the middle of Pennsylvania's third largest commercial district, which houses 30K students within walking distance is a recipe for disaster.
So regardless of whether the victim was j-walking or not, this was predictable. 4 lanes of traffic + thousands of pedestrians = unhappy endings.
No, this is the same sort of stupid as pedestrians walking out in front of cyclists on the Penn Ave bike lane. I don't think you can fix it with infrastructure. There's plenty of signage. We cannot save people from themselves.
Would it help to build tunnels under or pedestrian bridges over Fifth? It might, but there will still be pedestrians crossing the street, and there will still be vehicular traffic, be it 20-pound bikes or 20-ton buses.
Four lanes traffic + one lane contra-flow bus traffic + parking + 40K pedestrians (don't forget faculty and staff, who may be more used to Fifth's terrors but still have to walk around the area...) = numerous unhappy endings just in the ten years I've lived here. When I started at Pitt (transferred in 2003), there were jokes about the annual sacrifice to the Bus Lane Gods...
Frankly, I'm surprised there aren't more incidents on Forbes--three lanes traffic + parking, just as many pedestrians, but fewer intersections (none between Bouquet and Bigelow, only one between Bigelow and Bellefield...), and more cross traffic at the intersections that do exist.
"When I started at Pitt (transferred in 2003), there were jokes about the annual sacrifice to the Bus Lane Gods…"
When I started at Pitt in 1995, those sacrifices were much more frequent. The timing of lights was changed 10 or 15 years ago, and there have been far fewer casualties as a result.
There was a medical student, later an MD, John Picone, who campaigned against the 5th ave bus lane in the late 1980's and early 90's.
Not much on the 'net from that time, but
And (with references to proposed rail commute for Oakland):
Pitt News story on yesterday's crash: http://pittnews.com/65301/news/port-authority-bus-hits-pitt-student/
Mentions, without further comment, that he is "the fifth reported person hit by a bus on Pitt’s campus since the beginning of October."
No, this is the same sort of stupid as pedestrians walking out in front of cyclists on the Penn Ave bike lane. I don’t think you can fix it with infrastructure.
I think it's possible to fix it with infrastructure. Move cars and buses under surface, leave surface for pedestrians and bicycles.
Personally, I wonder about declaring the streets with Pitt academic buildings as "school zones" with the 15 mph speed limit. Add CMU and Carlow.
Really nice thought, and nice work. Now, how do we make this happen and, critically, get enforcement?
I think there is some desire to do something but there's a big shrug over lanes and parking until BRT is mapped which could make this something people consider who wouldn't otherwise.
This should be in conjunction with light timing changes that make this lower speed the new flow rate to stay in a green wave.
Add CMU and Carlow
And Duquesne University
Infrastructure change that wouldn't involve 10 years of digging the street up: Remove a traffic lane and not repurpose it for anything, just add a few feet of buffer beyond the sidewalk, on both sides.
What we're really talking about here is reducing car traffic lanes to one, inbound, on Fifth. If you can figure out how to make that change, then that opens up a lot of possibilities.
It's odd that when you bring thousands of suburban and rural post-teens who have never learned to function in an urban environment, with sidewalks, or possibly ever traveled anywhere that isn't by car, that some of them get hit by buses.
(For those with broken sarcasm detectors, here be it)
I would love to see a study on 5th the whole way down to Penn. I swear, if you reduced it to two lanes, a bike lane, and a turning lane at the lights traffic would probably actually move FASTER (as in less stopping, not overall speed).
I'm all for reduced lanes through campus, Pitt's campus could be world class if it didn't have a highway through the center of it.
Guerilla traffic speed monitoring, Forbes at Schenley Extension: https://github.com/mbauman/TrafficSpeed
"I don't have a RADAR gun, but I do have a cell phone and access to the Cathedral of Learning. At about 3:15pm on Friday afternoon, I recorded 10 minutes of traffic on Forbes Ave" and analyzed the video for traffic speeds.
I'm sure nobody will be surprised to read they found that, in just this ten-minute sample, "two cars were caught going over 40 miles per hour in this 25MPH zone. Ten others were between 35-40 miles per hour. And one oblivious driver ran the red light. Assuming this random 10-minute segment is representative of afternoon traffic, one out of every twenty vehicles exceeds 34 MPH (bootstrapped 95% confidence interval is 33-37 MPH)."
[No statistician I, I'm not sure how strongly you can make that assumption. Clearly the solution is to do further monitoring...]
Matt here! Long time lurker. I agree that it's not conclusive that the traffic is representative from this dataset alone. But I don't think it's abnormal. I didn't cherry-pick the time (it's just when I happened to think of the idea and get a chance to record the data) or the data itself.
Regardless of its applicability to other time-periods, the point stands that one out of every twenty cars I observed were exceeding 34MPH. And the bootstrapped confidence interval gives you an idea of the certainty in this number given the data… but you're right it's not conclusive.
I've also been talking to BikePittsburgh staff about this — and we'd love to gather more data! It'll take some more manpower, but I think it's doable. Let me know if you're interested in helping out!
Hook this up to show results in real time, put a video camera on the ground to get plate numbers, and just mail warnings to everyone speeding. Do that for a few weeks and see if anything changes.
Seeing tweets about a 25yo male struck by a flatbed tractor trailer on West Carson. No details yet.
Investigators say this is the truck that hit pedestrian on the West End Cir. About to be towed for inspection. #WPXI pic.twitter.com/6lAc4IFbCa— Aaron Martin (@WPXIAaronMartin) November 24, 2015
This is the material found near the truck that struck the pedestrian. Truck's been moved, traffic backed up. #WPXI pic.twitter.com/ylgMIG2JNA— Aaron Martin (@WPXIAaronMartin) November 24, 2015
More on yesterday's pedestrian collision. Unfortunately, he died last night:
The article mentions that he was walking along one of the ramps on the WEC.
Where exactly did this happen? Which ramp, going which way, on what side of the street? At 1:30 p.m., visibility should not have been an issue.
Since the man was from out of town (article said Buffalo NY), is it possible that he didn't know there was a staircase available? A different question would need to be asked if there is none available for where he was going.
Or was he where nobody should ever be, like in the driving chute between Corliss and WEC? And how did he get there? Is there a signage issue?
Whatever caused it, stuff like this simply should not happen. I don't know how we get to that, though.
The picture of the "material" looks like the inside of the inside of the curve coming inbound from Main Street onto West Carson. I can definitely see how, if a pedestrian was at that location, how they could get crushed against the barrier as the flatbed turned. A pedestrian should not have been here, for any reason. Having said that, a truck driver should certainly have been able to see a person there, at 1:30 in the afternoon, and should not have been going fast enough that they couldn't stop before hitting someone. https://firstname.lastname@example.org,-80.0275349,3a,75y,141.98h,80.37t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1sQQbdktUnp7mPzzd06Z9Ydg!2e0!6s%2F%2Fgeo1.ggpht.com%2Fcbk%3Fpanoid%3DQQbdktUnp7mPzzd06Z9Ydg%26output%3Dthumbnail%26cb_client%3Dmaps_sv.tactile.gps%26thumb%3D2%26w%3D203%26h%3D100%26yaw%3D100.98228%26pitch%3D0!7i13312!8i6656
WESA traffic reporter is reporting a pedestrian hit by car at the intersection of Brownsville Road and Nobles Lane in Carrick
Not sure if they used 'crash' or 'accident'.
Edit: they are saying "a pedestrian was struck"
Pedestrian hit and killed in Hempfield Township
According to the coroner's office, Robert Yednak Jr., 32, of Greensburg, was attempting to cross Route 66 with another person when a Honda Civic struck both individuals. Yednak died at the scene.
Route 66 closed between Poplar Drive and Bushy Run Road (Route 993) while the police investigated.
An autopsy is scheduled for Saturday.
The cause and manner of death is pending toxicology results.
The condition of the other person struck was not immediately available.
I heard of two pedestrian vs car incidents on S. Braddock at Biddle (near the ballfield in Frick Park) but there wasn't any news coverage. (I assume neither involved a fatality.) I think it was October or early November. Heard about this through colleagues on the local road safety committee.
As far as Oakland traffic goes, the visitors are another significant factor. A lot of drivers there have come from the suburbs or farther out, aren't used to processing all the traffic on congested city streets, are not sure which building they need to find and where they can park, and possibly are running late to an important doctor's appointment, have a frail relative in the car, are stressed out for many reasons. They frequently are not at their best. I think that UPMC has done a lot in the past 20 years to streamline patient access, but it's still confusing.
"Pedestrian Struck By Car In Garfield"
...left in critical condition. No word if charges will be filed against motorist.
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A woman was sent to the hospital after being struck by a van in Avalon Sunday evening.
An unidentified African-American woman was crossing the street in the crosswalk on Fisk Avenue at Route 65 when she was struck by a van travelling inbound. The van was then rear-ended by another car.
The woman was sent to the hospital. She was alive, but there were no details on her condition.
...So what's the race of the driver? Why is race even mentioned in such a no-info report/story?
"The van was then rear-ended by another car." This is what gets me the most. The van was then rear-ended. It shows what we deal with everyday on our roadways. Not only was someone hit in a crosswalk, there was even another idiot following so close, they plowed into the back of the lead driver. Geez! Sure is a ton of aggression out there.
...from which it doesn't take much to infer that the van was driving too fast for conditions, and so was the trailing car. Sunday evening it was raining, and sunset was 5:00 p.m., so even the posted 40 was too fast. I think 40 through there is too fast for a dry day in July.
A speed camera at that corner would have provided much more relevant information than the victim's skin color. Example: "A PennDOT speed camera recorded the van traveling 46 mph." Statement of fact; draw your own conclusions.
Munhall man charged in fatal New Year's Day hit-and-run crash
Turtle Creek police at 6:35 a.m. Friday responded to the 200 block of Penn Avenue Extension where a 60-year-old woman – indentified by the Allegheny County medical examiner’s office as Judith Oreski, of Wilkinsburg – was struck by a vehicle and critically injured.
I've ridden Windgap. Especially now that it's been recently repaved, it's a beautiful, wooded two-lane road that's a terror to be on at anything less than 45 mph due to the complete lack of shoulder or sidewalk. Posted 35 mph, but I think we all know how much that means around here...
There's no way they don't charge that driver. I'm intimately familiar with Windgap Ave - if you're incapable of detecting an obstruction in broad daylight there, you shouldn't hold a driver's license.
Pretty bad: http://pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/article.htm?id=5604
"At approximately 11:30 a.m. today a Zone 4 Office witnessed a Black Trailblazer speed through the intersection of Forbes and Murray avenues in Squirrel Hill and strike a female pedestrian. The vehicle did not stop and turned left onto Murray.
Victim was alert and conscious at the scene. Paramedics transported her to UPMC Presby in stable condition.
The Trailblazer continued on Murray where it struck one vehicle that was turning onto Beacon. The sole female passenger was not injured. It then struck three unoccupied parked cars. The vehicle stopped and the driver, later identified as 31-year-old Jerome McClung, bailed in the 2800 block of Murray. A brief foot pursuit ensued. The actor was appended in the 2100 block of Tilbury Street and an undetermined amount of drugs.
Once he has been processed, charges and a mugshot will be made available."
AVALON (KDKA) – Police were called to the scene of a deadly situation in Avalon early Friday morning.
According to police, a pedestrian was hit by a vehicle in the 900 block of Ohio River Boulevard around 3 a.m.
This is the third pedestrian fatality along this road since the fall.
So this guy had a suspended license but no biggie. Drove through a construction site, pulled down wires, hit a worker.
Haven't been able to find confirmation, but a neighbor reports a pedestrian was hit crossing Penn Ave near Bakery Square this morning:
KQV radio 6 a.m. local newscast reported a 51yo woman struck and killed at PA65 at Grant in Bellevue. They said she stepped into traffic for unknown reasons, and that no charges are expected for the driver.
Is that the one the PG reports as a bicyclist?
I rechecked the news stories. Trib says it was a pedestrian. PG
says it was a bicyclist. They are both reporting on the same story because all other details match.
sorry I missed this, and started a thread on the Bicyclist story.
The Belleview death was a pedestrian fatality. Sorry.
The PG still hasn't changed its headline or content.
A woman was hit this afternoon at Butler and Main. From what we understand she was walking across Main with the green light and a man driving a van turning left to go up the hill hit her. She went to the hospital and the police arrived at the scene. Otherwise we don't have any other information. The woman is in her late 50s.
1 person dead after pedestrian-vehicle accident on Route 8
investigators confirmed that police and paramedics were called to Route 8 in the area of Bakerstown Presbyterian Church just before 8 p.m. Monday.
I know some people who ride route 8 to north park early in weekend mornings. The road does that "share the road" signs along it, but I still refuse to ride it. What terrible news.
Re April Powell, the pedestrian struck by two cars and killed on Route 8 on March 7, relatives "wonder why she was even out here in the first place, walking. She had a car."
Gee, I can't think of any reasons why someone would walk when they could drive. Can you? If we had stiff penalties for walking, that might solve the problem.
Woman struck at a red light in Wilkinsburg. She had just gotten off the bus and was crossing the street when she was hit by someone driving another vehicle:
A 13-year-old boy was pinned between two cars Thursday afternoon while crossing the street outside Pittsburgh Langley K-8 in the city’s Sheraden neighborhood
Police looking for driver of car after possible hit-and-run in McKees Rocks:
Nikkolas Poliak, 23, was pronounced dead Saturday night at Allegheny General Hospital after he was found lying on Vine Street. Police and the medical examiner said his injuries were consistent with a hit-and-run.
Pedestrian Injured In Beaver Falls Hit-&-Run
Around 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, an SUV hit a man along 7th Avenue in Beaver Falls.
“It went over to the other lane, hit a tree, hit a pole and then hit the guy,” said witness Anthony Palmer. “It dragged the guy about 20 feet down the sidewalk.”
Three hit by driver having 'an unspecified medical episode' on Butler Street in Central Lawrenceville. All transported to Presbyterian with 'minor injuries'. Driver taken to, of all places, Children's.
The man who killed the girl standing in her yard in Shaler is out on $200K bond. Thanks a lot, Judge Manning.
No, I misread that. Grayson did not get sprung on $200K bail, he got out on _no_ bail. He has to wear a monitor. I do not see where the list of restrictions on his activities involves not driving.
That is the travesty of justice here.
"That is the travesty of justice here."
That Manning guy is really doing a bang-up job this week. Looks like he serves until 2018 in his current position, yes?
Just another of Manning's crap-ass decisions: http://www.wtae.com/news/decision-expected-monday-in-deadly-oakland-shooting/25351042
Girl hit trying to cross street after getting ice cream. Driver flees.
A 16-year-old boy was struck and killed by a vehicle early Saturday morning in Pine Township, Indiana County.
Fatality, Ninth Street, downtown. Rather short on details.
According to the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office, the pedestrian was hit near the Blush night club on Ninth Street, Downtown.
The speed limit on 9th is 25mph and a 25mph speed limit on city streets is intentionally chosen because of the pedestrian fatality differential between 25mph and 35mph.
ie, that driver was grossly negligent in driving fast enough to kill someone from one light to the next. No charges will be filed, of course.
Pedestrian fatally struck by vehicle in Bloomfield. The vehicle did not stop and the death was ruled an accident.
(NOT A TYPO)
A woman who was struck by a vehicle in Bloomfield early Sunday morning died the same day at UPMC Presbyterian, officials said.
The Allegheny County medical examiner's office identified the victim as Jessica McChesney, 26, of Wilkinsburg.
The collision happened around 2:35 a.m. near the intersection of Baum Boulevard and Morewood Avenue, according to Pittsburgh public safety spokeswoman Sonya Toler. The vehicle did not stop and was believed to have been traveling outbound. There was no description of the vehicle.
McChesney died of blunt impact injury to the head and neck., according to the medical examiner's office. Her death was ruled an accident.
2:45 am, yeah, that’s a time you really have to pay attention to traffic
Did you mean this sarcastically?
When the bars close is when I most watch for traffic.
I'm headed home right now. Believe me, I will treat each and every car I see as having a driver somewhere between too-drunk-to-walk and intoxicated-homicidal-road-rage.
There is that getgo right on the corner there. Hopefully there were cameras rolling. I am also pretty sure that the cricket lounge on moorewood had a camera right outside of it.
@mick, I agree. My point was, jaywalking had nothing to do with it. The pedestrian was undoubtedly killed by a drunk or inattentive driver.
I never like the intersection of Baum Blvd and Morewood Ave, even though I have to go through it everyday. A lot of drivers use that intersection to turn left toward Oakland since it's the only one with left turn signals. Also, it is an easy place to get onto Baum Blvd to access East Liberty and Highland Park from Oakland. In addition, there's a Getgo at that corner, which makes the traffic volume even greater.
What I find problematic is the vague right turn lane on Morewood Ave coming from Oakland. There are often cars parked in the lane, forcing cyclists to merge into the left one. There are no restrictions on turning on red at the intersection, so impatient drivers often try to squeeze out cyclists. I'd recommend removing the parking space, installing a bike lane and "bike box" at the intersection, and put up a "no turn on red" sign.
It's good that the police caught this murderer so quickly. How sad it is that this happened just before the "Mobility is Civil Right" townhall meeting tomorrow (6/30) This tragedy highlighted the need for infrastructures that curtail aggressive driving in the city. Given many nearby residents walk across Baum Blvd to get to GetGo, Chipotle, Giant Eagle, Aldi, and etc., I believe a road diet for Baum Blvd is needed. Shrink it down to two travel lanes and one turning lane.
Mobility is Civil Right" townhall meeting
When: Thursday, June 30, 6:00 p.m.
Where: Kingsley Association, 6435 Frankstown Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Those interested in mobility/transportation issues, may also want to attend the Complete Streets Policy Public Meeting, on Thursday, July 7th at 6:00-8:00 p.m. at South Side Market House (1 Bedford Square, Pittsburgh, PA 15203). Complete Streets is the “simple concept that our public rights-of-way should be designed and maintained for all users, instead of just one type, the automobile” as described by Bike Pittsburgh.
Pedestrian struck by bus in South Oakland
The incident also made the Associated Press.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Pittsburgh transit bus hit a pedestrian who darted
Port Authority of Allegheny County spokesman Adam Brandolph says the incident happened about 1:40 p.m. Friday when a bus hit a pedestrian who ran into traffic in the city's South Oakland neighborhood, near the Hot Metal Bridge.
Brandolph says the pedestrian complained of shoulder and hip pain and had a cut on her head. She was taken to UPMC Presbyterian.
Police seek driver involved in hit-and-run that sent girl to hospital
Police are searching for the driver involved in a hit-and-run accident that sent a girl to the hospital Saturday night during a fireworks show in Lawrenceville.
I don't know what a pedestrian was doing on the highway, but the fact that the driver did not stop is unacceptable.
1 Dead In Fatal Pedestrian Accident Along Parkway East
Pedestrian killed by car in Armstrong County, east of Kittanning.
"State police say [Annika] Strom was hit by a black Chevy Cobalt, driven by 19-year-old Matthew Hankey, also from Rural Valley. He wasn’t injured in the accident. It’s not known why Strom would have been walking along the rural road in the early morning hours. “At this point, we don’t have any idea why she was there or what she was doing,” Myers said. “It was dark and I mean, she has darker clothing on so she would have been hard to see.”"
The article doesn't ask why Hankey was out on that road in the early morning hours.
Yeah, his car was black, too, so it might have been hard for her to see it. We all assume Hankey had his lights on.
One of the pedestrians that got hit near PNC Park last week died today:
The driver that hit him and his wife is under arrest
Driver hits 18-month child in a stroller, his/her babysitter, and a dog when turning from Butler St into Stanton Ave. The driver claims to have not seen anyone:
Wpxi referred to it as an "accident."
WPXI reported this morning that the baby and the babysitter/nanny in the lawrenceville accident were ok. No mention of a dog. They did say that the elderly driver will be evaluated to determine whether they will be permitted to keep their drivers license.
Making left turns is aways challenging. A driver needs to watch out for incoming traffic, as well as both ends of the crosswalk for pedestrians. Many drivers failed to check the latter, and just dived through the corner. I've witnessed a near-miss due to this at the corner of Morewood and Baum on 8/26 this year. I think having a pedestrian all-walk phase for the traffic lights at the Morewood and Baum, as well as Butler and Stanton intersections will improve safety greatly. In addition, drivers need to learn from robots on how to control their speed when turning (see below). Better yet, replace all human drivers with robots!
Police Investigating Fatal Pedestrian Crash In Derry Twp.http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2016/10/03/police-investigating-fatal-pedestrian-crash-in-derry-twp/
According to the Westmoreland County coroner, the accident happened around 7:30 p.m. on Route 22 in Derry Township. Charlotte Anderson, 42, of Derry Township, was reportedly crossing Route 22 near the intersection when she was struck.
Anderson was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police haven’t released any information about the driver of the vehicle, or whether that person may face any citations or criminal charges.
Critical piece of information missing: Which direction was the truck going. Eastbound, driver should not have had any trouble seeing. Westbound, might have had trouble seeing the pedestrian due to low sun angle. That's an explanation, though not an excuse.
I doubt that the direction of travel was critical.
Several reports say that the crash occurred at approximately 7:20 PM, while sunset was 7:00 PM.
Other info from the reports was probably more critical.....possibly crossing against the light...........wearing dark clothing (especially if crossing against the light).
No, not me. I'm safely in my house. But this would be immediately north of where I exit the 12 McKnight.
I have no further details; just saw this on Twitter.
Person hit by two cars crossing Braddock at Sanders in Regent Square this evening. Sounds like only the second stopped.
Not sure if this link will work if you're not in the Park Place Facebook group, but it's the only one I've got so far:
This crash is very sad. You can help make the Sanders intersection safer! Sign this petition that we recently started asking Edgewood and Swissvale boroughs to put a marked crosswalk across Braddock at Sanders. The petition has already had partial success, as you can read about in the updates at:
Both of these crashes are sad. For aspinwall there is little room for error when dropped off (or waiting for a bus) on the side of the street with the railroad tracks. There is no buffer between you and traffic. Just a few feet between the road and the waiting area.
Post-Gazette uses crash.
Trib typically uses accident, especially in their local papers.
Any way to get this changed? I figured I'd go ahead and email someone at the Trib, but no idea how this gets passed down through their entire, far flung, organization.
From Jan 23rd
PETERS TOWNSHIP, Pa. - A pedestrian was struck by a vehicle Monday morning on Route 19 in Peters Township, emergency dispatchers confirmed to Channel 11 News.
The accident happened shortly after 8 a.m. near Valley Brook Road.
One person was flown to a Pittsburgh hospital with serious injuries.
Route 19 was closed in both directions. The road reopened about 9:30 a.m
Followup to the death of Jessica Lynn McChesney on 2016/6/26 while she walked at Baum and Morewood. The driver of the car, who drank 8 beers in the Southside and killed the woman while driving home drunk, has pleaded guilty.
"A female pedestrian died
after being hit by a bus in downtown Pittsburgh early Saturday morning. It happened just after 7 a.m. at Fifth Avenue and Grant Street
. According to police, the victim was walking along Fifth Avenue toward the Courthouse when she crossed the street and was hit by a shuttle bus. Police believe she was in the crosswalk when she was hit. ..."
From last month, but still looking for the driver
Police Looking For Hit & Run Driver Who Knocked Down Girl In Front Of Library
Pedestrian hit by PAT bus at Forbes and Murray:
Seems he's OK. He refused medical attention at the scene.
I'm going to guess that the Siri story is not the one you intended to post. But scrolling down on that page, on a real computer (not my iPad), I see that the URL changes with each story. I pawed around a bit, but didn't see the pedestrian story.
Note to self: Be very cautious with URLs of stories from WTAE.
Around 6:30a today. Just saw this on Twitter. No details. Look for follow-up later.
Typical suburban road--nearly 30 feet wide, no sidewalks.
(update on yesterday's incident: the 77-year-old man hit in Ross yesterday afternoon died several hours later, according to the PG: http://www.post-gazette.com/local/north/2017/04/18/Hillendale-Road-Ross-man-struck-and-killed-by-vehicle/stories/201704180191
That's also a stiff hill. DD like in length and vertical change.
Oops, not a pedestrian crash. Sorry.
Bus shelter with woman waiting in it jumps in front of innocent car minding its own business, sending hapless driver to the hospital. Woman in shelter also injured.
Struck By Marked Pittsburgh Police Cruiser.
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A child was allegedly struck by a marked police cruiser in Pittsburgh on Sunday.
It happened around 11:45 a.m. in the 600-block of Brownsville Road.
The child allegedly ran out into the street from behind a parked pick-up truck and was struck by a marked city police cruiser.
According to public safety spokesperson Sonya Toler, medics transported the child to Children’s Hospital. The child was in stable condition.
Police are investigating.
"William Lekovitch, 35, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, causing an accident involving death while not properly licensed and driving on a suspended license Tuesday.
He was traveling in the 200 block of Penn Avenue Extension at 6:35 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2016, when he hit a woman who had been out running.
Judith Oreski, 60, of Wilkinsburg, died two days later at Forbes Hospital.
Ms. Oreski was running along the road, and police said Lekovitch crossed from his lane, across the double lines and struck her. He then hit several parked cars and fled on foot."
The punishment: 2 1/2 - 6 years. At a boot camp.
As I read it, Lekovitch is asking to be sent to a boot camp instead of regular prison. Doesn't mean he will be.
Penn Ave ext is out by that dangerous airbrake/triboro expressway area...
I just looked. I used to ride home that way (now I take Brown Ave). It's not particularly dangerous, at least at that point, in my recollection. It's uphill, not heavily traveled, and there's usually cars parked on the east side. The road curves and I'm guessing Mr. Lefkovich was heading downhill and lost control.
What really sucks is that nobody ever checks if people are licensed. There are no penalties for driving without a license unless you get caught, which usually means you've crashed, and maybe injured or killed somebody. We need to enforce the law, so there's at least say a 1% chance that you'll get arrested.
Penn Ave ext is out by that dangerous airbrake/triboro expressway area…
According to Google Maps
, it's about halfway up the hill on the road that becomes Greensburg Pike. One side has a sidewalk with parked cars; the other side (downhill-bound for cars) has only a sidewalk, and an overgrown mess of one at that.
And, yeah, the story says Lekovitch "is seeking to serve his prison sentence at a boot camp", but doesn't say where he'll actually go. I think that sort of thing is often decided by the Corrections Dept, not the judge. At any rate, he's also to get another five years' probation afterward.
Per a search on the google, the "motivational bootcamp" in PA is only 6 months long, and people are immediately released on parole no matter what their sentence was once they successfully complete it.
I also found this document -- I skimmed it, but the courier font makes it annoying to read. It is the state law re: bootcamps.
Person hit by car last night at Second Ave & Armstrong Tunnel—58-year-old man hit at about 12:30am, sent to hospital in critical condition.
Remember last spring, when a Canadian tourist was hit & killed crossing Ninth Street
in the rain Downtown late one night?
The driver "showed signs of impairment
with bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and a moderate odor of alcohol" after leaving Art's Tavern
in the Strip, but DUI "charges were dismissed
…when a US Supreme Court decision changed the law to require a search warrant to obtain a suspect’s blood for testing."
The driver pleaded guilty in March
to "homicide by vehicle" and today was sentenced to 2 yrs probation
, including ten months house arrest.
Two pedestrian crashes yesterday, along with a fatal bike crash on the north side - not a good day.
1 Person Injured In Bethel Park Pedestrian Crash
an Injured In Fayette Co. Hit-And-Run, Driver Sought
Not much info on what happened:
One Dead After Vehicle-Pedestrian Crash On I-279
What came of the 2015 pedestrian fatality in Scott Township? Meera Bali was killed while she was walking to a bus stop on the shoulder of the road. The driver of the car that killed her veered into the shoulder and plowed into her.
Google only brings up results about the original accident, and nothing subsequent naming the driver or mentioning any charges. (Rhetorical question time) Were charges never filed? How in the world is that possible? How can someone be struck down by the hands of another, and we all just move on like nothing happened? The poor woman wasn't even crossing the street or anything. There is no plausible defense to hitting her besides a medical emergency or unexpected equipment malfunction.
Red pickup truck struck pedestrian at Fifth Avenue and DeSoto Street in Oakland on Sunday evening 10/15. Hit and run. Victim went to hospital, is in stable condition. http://triblive.com/local/allegheny/12842720-74/police-seek-red-pickup-that-hit-pitt-student-sunday-in-oakland
Sunday morning around 8:50am there was a pedestrian with a boot on one foot and crutches lying on the side of Freeport road just east of the Giant Eagle across form the water plant. There were numerous police cars present, with one just arriving. Did not see anything in today's news in print.
I live about a mile from there!
If the person had on a boot and crutches, they weren't involved in a crash right at that time given EMS doesn't carry or dispense orthopedic equipment.
I'mwondering if it's a person who fell or was having a medical emergency
Person may have fallen. What I thought was weird was that they were lying motionless just off the road with at least 3 emergency vehicles present and yet no one else was near them.
Pedestrian in critical condition after being struck on 900 block of Penn Ave downtown:
The driver claims the pedestrian "jumped out of nowhere". Considering the condition of his windshield, I'd say the driver was likely driving too fast.
There was a tri boro Expressway peds hit yesterday
One dead, one injured after being hit by car in Knoxville
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peron hit today loretta and beechwood. I use this intersection to walk to giant eagle while my son has a cello lesson. It is quite dangerous for peds. Even though it is well marked and has crosswalks/lights, people still speed on beechwod and people make quick turns from shady/loretta onto beechwood.
Why are there so many wreckless (Sic) drivers out there? There are too many pedestrians getting mowed down left and right and I think there should be public service announcements informing people of the statistics involving pedestrian related fatalities and injuries. There should also be public service announcements informing people about the new state laws regarding passing a cyclist with at least 4 feet of clearance between the cyclist's knee and the car mirror as well as the meaning of signage and road painting involving cyclists and/or pedestrians. Examples of painting should include any use of green paint, sharrows, stop lines, crosswalks, yield triangles, two-stage left turn boxes and any other use of green paint. Exclusive bike traffic lights and signs including "Share the road" and "[Bikes] may use full lane" as these signs and road markings can be ambiguous as to whether they are aimed at motorists or cyclists.
A pedestrian was killed Thursday evening
after being struck by a vehicle in a hit-and-run the Strip District, officials said. The incident occurred about 9:40 p.m. in the 2200 block of Liberty Avenue, according to Allegheny County emergency officials.
So sad. It seems that the only way any police will bring charges against the driver is if it is a hit and run and they find the driver. That's not really a silver lining because perhaps the person would have survived had the driver given immediate aid.
This road diet can't happen soon enough. The 4-lane death trap claims another person.
A person died after being hit by a car that fled the scene on Babcock Boulevard in Ross Sunday night.
The incident happened in the 2300 block of Babcock Boulevard in the area of Shenanigans Bar & Grille and the Philly Pretzel Factory
A teenager was hit by a vehicle in Squirrel Hill Saturday afternoon.
According to police, the 17-year-old girl was walking near the intersection of Murray Avenue and Beacon Street around 3 p.m.
12/16/17 10PM East Carson Street and East 16th Street
Two pedestrians were hit by a vehicle in the South Side of Pittsburgh Saturday night. The incident happened while the two women were walking at the intersection of East Carson Street and East 16th Street around 10 p.m. Both women were transported to a local hospital. Their conditions are unknown at this time. The vehicle involved was a Chevrolet Malibu. No other information was available.
When are people going to learn not to speed on roads with pedestrians, cyclists, and bus stops? If more people rode a bike, walked, or used public transportation as well as not being self-centered, arrogant boneheads, the number of pedestrians being mowed down will be drastically reduced. If there are any blue signs that say "BUS STOP" on them, chances are very good that there will be people walking to and waiting there to get the bus.
Melinda Gregor drove the car that killed Michael Menner as he crossed Babcock Blvd on foot near Shenanigans Restaurant on the 19th.
Her lawyer "said Ms. Gregor was driving through a dark area in rainy conditions Sunday night when she hit Mr. Menner. ... Detective Kohlhepp said Ms. Gregor had just left a restaurant on Babcock Boulevard where she had picked up food when the crash occurred. He said investigators tracked Ms. Gregor by using surveillance video along Babcock Boulevard and her credit card information from the restaurant where she bought food before the accident." http://www.post-gazette.com/local/north/2017/12/19/Melinda-Gregor-charged-Ross-hit-and-run-fatal-Michael-Menner-Babcock-Boulevard/stories/201712190157
And what have we learned from zillions of prior peds-car crashes? You stop and administer aid and you don't get charged. You hit and run and you get charged.
The Babcock story hits close to home, in a literal sense, as it's only three miles away on a road I bike regularly. Also the second pedestrian fatality in Ross in a couple of months, and so subject for discussion at Walk//Bike Ross meetings. The whole point of our group is to improve pedestrian safety.
As to the driver, there must be some backstory here. If she didn't have a license, she almost certainly was on a 12 McKnight bus a few times; she looks familiar. But this goes back to, how do you function in the 'burbs without a car? Pretty much, you don't. Presumably there's a reason you have a car but no license. While the details don't matter, the fact remains that if you didn't need to drive somewhere, the guy would still be alive. Why was it necessary to be in a car in the first place?
As to the victim, presumably by age 50 you know how to cross a street. So, is the street at fault here? At that exact spot
, both directions are a cattle chute. There actually is a double-double yellow line down the middle, with a couple of feet of space between northbound and southbound lanes, but how would you know that? Just how do you cross a street (in the dark, in the rain) in this part of town without getting killed?
I live near Swissvale. I asked on Nextdoor and others are saying the crash happened near Church St.
Loretta Hurley wrote on Nextdoor: Elko's "neighbor told me that the driver said the sun was in her eyes - she didn’t know if the light was red or green so she continued to drive. She was driving so fast that she broke every bone in his body. He walked everywhere because he had a hip replacement and wanted to keep moving." The following link probably works only for Nextdoor members who live in neighborhoods around Swissvale: https://nextdoor.com/news_feed/?post=74964333
I'm logged in on Nextdoor (I'm admin for my neighborhood group) but cannot see the post.
Comments from the Nextdoor thread on the death of Andrew Elko in Swissvale:
Jay: Braddock was closed between Church St and Schoyer Ave. [this is near Edgewood Town Ctr].
Laura: from TV, looks like it was at Church St.
Loretta: His neighbor told me that the driver said the sun was in her eyes - she didn’t know if the light was red or green so she continued to drive. She was driving so fast that she broke every bone in his body. He walked everywhere because he had a hip replacement and wanted to keep moving.
Sarah: initial findings do not show fault on the driver. The driver was not speeding and had the green light. The sun was likely a factor.
Sam: Sarah works for the borough and is privy to information the news media is not.
"A pedestrian in the 100 block of North Beatty Street in East Liberty was struck by a vehicle early Sunday [2/11]. The victim was taken to a local hospital in critical condition, according to Pittsburgh Police. The victim was not identified. Police said they were alerted to the incident at 12:15 a.m. with a report that a person was lying in the street. Pittsburgh Police issued a statement late Sunday morning indicating that the the victim was run over by a vehicle that left the scene."
The P-G still likes to use "accident" regularly.
Peters Twp, critical condition
I had that fight with them. The news editorial was 100 percent sure that he is allowed to use accident due to a dictionary definition he found and the PG style guide and was very angry when I suggested that researchers in the area stay away from the term due to the underlying context that no one was at fault.
Peds hit 4800 block of McKnight this am. Not much else is known.
turns out the person hit in Ross and killed was a former WWE star.
And also turns out that the police are calling this a "terrible accident."
The Trib quotes the family's attorney saying “One of the reasons we agreed to settle was because, finally after this accident, the city accepted all of our expert opinions about how dangerous this intersection was, and they totally redid it. My clients feel that they accomplished something where nobody is ever going to get killed or injured again at that intersection”, but doesn't say what exactly that means.
The PG has a little more information
: "Mr. Perer said recent improvements at the intersection include crosswalks, a left-turn arrow and pedestrian signals." That's...not much, but it's not nothing, I guess. Might help if they mentioned that the Walkers and the driver both had a green light, but the driver turning left failed to stop for the people crossing the street.... Now, presumably, that won't be able to happen, assuming drivers stop for red lights...
(It's not clear why the PG used a photo from Downtown for this story, other than "there's a bus in it"...)
(Both papers, of course, continue to refer to the incident as an 'accident'...)
Deliberate sidewalk hit-and-run, North Side.
Trib, April 29
Driver found guilty in hit and run crash that killed a pedestrian in late 2015 on Federal St. Ext. The driver faces a mandatory sentence of 3 to 6 years in prison:
One month after the crash, police received tips about the location of the vehicle involved in the crash. Police then used the Google Maps street view program to scout these locations,
made me think, cyclists and transit riders are the ideal candidates to report these tips. We are not moving all that fast, can vary our routes to do some exploring, and can easily note the whereabouts of critical evidence.
Our participation in games like Tag-o-Rama, and the older Wheelset of Fortune and protractor games, are great exercise in keeping a sharp eye for odd little details.
If someone was killed, whoever did it should spend the rest of their life in jail.
I can vouch for the guy behind that Twitter account. He carries a mobile radio with him, tuned to each Port Authority bus and rail division's frequency. What he tweets is what the drivers are calling in. At least as affects what riders might experience in terms of delays.
A 32-year-old woman in McKeesport tried to run over a person she was arguing with Thursday but instead drove her vehicle into a 72-year-old bystander, according to Allegheny County police. The 72-year-old man was taken to a hospital in critical condition.
This morning, Mon 15 Oct, I saw this tweet that there was a pedestrian crash at Homewood and Hamilton, but no details. I will research and follow up.
I heard briefly on a traffic report that pedestrian was hit by Home Depot in East Liberty
more info from the trib -- so sad.
I wonder if there are sidewalks there or if kids need to walk, in the dark, to their bus stop on the side of the road... from what I can tell on google maps it looks like a 2 lane divided highway with just a median. Wonder who at the school district thought that this would be a good bus stop?
A 6-year-old boy was struck by a vehicle in Chippewa Township, Beaver County, Tribune-Review news partner WPXI reported.
The boy was walking to a bus stop with an older sibling on Route 51 near Chippewa Town Center when he was hit, just before 7 a.m., police told WPXI.
The child was unconscious when he was taken on the hospital.
Further information about his condition, and the cause of the crash, is unknown.
Jacob Tierney is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jacob at 724-836-6646, email@example.com
or via Twitter @Soolseem.
On the Chippewa crash, that’s just a few miles north on 51 of the spot where Taylor Banks was killed. It’s north by a good bit but much the same road design as along 51 farther south. There is a good sized shoulder, and pavement indentations to warn a driver he’s veering out of lane. But also posted 45, and wide enough you might be able to land a small plane on it if you had to. Just ideal for high speed travel, never mind the signs.
^ I don't know if this crash has any connection, but there is a methadone clinic about a half mile north of this intersection. These poor souls have to get off their bus near this intersection then walk that half mile along a four lane highway without any sidewalk (other than 100 ft or so near the crash), even though the bus-way literally goes right behind the clinic. I'd like to see a city planner walk this route, maybe then something will get done to make this more safe & humane.
Crash Shuts Down McKeesport-Duquesne Bridge
According to Allegheny County, a pedestrian was involved. There are reports that there is a fatality.
A 66-year-old woman was stuck by a vehicle in Squirrel Hill, November 28, at the intersection of Shady Avenue and Northumberland Street in Squirrel Hill. She was in critical condition, and taken to hospital.
Squirrel Hill victim has died. From Nov 30 PG:
Authorities have identified the 66-year-old woman who was stuck and killed by a vehicle Wednesday evening in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood.
The Allegheny County medical examiner’s office said Friday morning that Margery A. Pelled of Squirrel Hill was killed shortly after 9 p.m. at the intersection of Shady Avenue and Northumberland Street.
She was transported to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 10:45 p.m.
Police continue to investigate.
Sad. The piece from 11/28 doesn't indicate whether or not the driver stopped. You would think that might be a bit of information a "reporter" would try and find out. Reporters, smh.
Shes was councilmember O'Connor's aunt. Per the news .
I drove through that intersection a couple hours ago. Nothing remarkable; must be 500 like it in the city. Two two-lane 25 mph streets at a traffic light, mainly residential neighborhood, mostly level, sidewalks on all sides, ADA accessible ramps to the street, no special lanes, ped crossing lights. No reason why this would be dangerous, other than vehicle speeds.
Again, we’re back to unnecessary deaths because city police don’t or can’t patrol adequately. Same Monday morning quarterbacking as after Susan Hicks’s death, and several others.
And Mike Turzai won again, so we’re fucked on local radar legislation for two more years.
There isn't a predominance of speeding right there, either. Controlled intersections in three of four directions, and Zone 4 PD is just 300 feet down N'umberland.
Hi everyone, I got run off the road at Liberty and Cedarville around 8 a.m. today. Car traffic was pretty backed up and I was on Liberty's inbound bike-lane when a female driver in a red/maroon SUV that was about 5 or so cars back from the intersection decided to shoot out into the bike/parking lane without looking in her mirror to go around everyone and make a right on Cedarville. I yelled as she did it to try and get her attention, while also braking hard and veering right, it was such a sudden set of actions to avoid getting run over that I flipped over the handlebars and my bike flipped too. This happened in a split second. My bike is in really bad shape, I feel OK right now, just sore.
The driver didn't even stop afterwards, she just went ahead and made the right turn from the parking lane while I was on the ground. A witness got the plate number thankfully and I called the police and an officer came to take down a report. The officer said they'll locate the driver and issue a citation, which I will then be able to use as grounds with her insurance to be made whole, I hope.
Two part question:
1. Cars carelessly SPEEDING through the bike lanes to get around other cars is a constant problem on Liberty during rush hour. Is there any way we can work to mitigate this? Would painting them bright green or something make any difference in the mind of a driver?
2. Without a bike I'm really screwed and also immensely sad, it's how I commute everyday and stay in shape, anyone have experience with a violator's insurance company getting a bike repaired/replaced? Does it take a long time in a situation like this?
I recommend familiarizing yourself with relevant traffic law. In particular, from your description, she was in violation of 75-3331e
Got some good news, I noticed the building that this happened right in front of had security cameras and I asked the owner to check into it - they called me back last night and there's a video of this idiot doing exactly what I described above.
Nice! Call the police and tell them. Again, this all has to go into the court records for the dricera insurance to respond. Other option is a civil suit to recoup the $ .
A Mississippi woman will serve three years on probation after pleading guilty Monday to her role in the death of an elderly pedestrian killed this year in the parking lot of a Delmont Walmart. Wendy Shumaker, 49, told a Westmoreland County judge that she was “deeply sorry” for running over 82-year-old Gail Rohrbacher of Delmont in front of the store on July 27. Police said Shumaker twice ran over Rohrbacher with her 2014 pickup truck as she attempted to find a parking spot.
I hit the paywall too, but not yet this month--
A 11-year-old boy was transported to a local hospital after being hit by a car Sunday in Squirrel Hill.
Witnesses who talked to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on scene said the boy was struck by the car around 2 p.m. at Shady Avenue in front of Allderdice High School.
He was crossing at Pittock Street.
A city public safety spokesman said a preliminary investigation “suggests the child may have run into the street and hit the side of the vehicle.”
The driver of the vehicle remained on scene and was being questioned by police. The spokesman said no charges have been filed.
The boy was taken to the hospital in stable condition with a possible broken ankle, the spokesman said.
Thankfully, these pedestrians are safe
Bridgeville Police: Alleged Drunk Driver Arrested After Nearly Striking Pedestrian
Police said the driver actually came to a stop at the stop sign, but because of massive sun glare, she didn’t see the kids standing or sitting on the road and ran right into them.
So many kids wait for buses along busy roads without sidewalks . This is tragic. It is also unfortunately inevitable .
TRAFFIC: Pedestrians hit in Squirrel Hill, South Side
JAN 24, 2019
Two pedestrians have been struck by vehicles in separate incidents early Thursday — one near Station Square and another in Squirrel Hill.
Both were reported around 6:30 a.m.
A male pedestrian was transported to the hospital after stepping into East Carson Street near the Smithfield Street Bridge on the South Side. He was knocked down and had a minor injury, Pittsburgh police said. He was transported to the hospital in stable condition. The driver remained on the scene, according to police.
In Squirrel Hill, a person was struck on Shady Avenue at Barlett Street, according to Allegheny County emergency officials. There was no immediate word of injuries in that incident.
In other traffic news:
At least one person was injured in a crash that closed a portion of Mingo Road in Marshall Thursday morning. The crash was reported shortly before 5:30 a.m. and closed Mingo from Valley Road to Wexford Run Road through rush hour.
Boy ends up under van in Polish Hill.
- They use the word "accident"
- The photo is a generic file photo of a random ambulance from a random place in the summer months. Go Trib go!
Grusome sounding "accident" between car and peds on parkway east.
(update) KDKA had more info on their webpage. I cut and pasted the important paragraph below.
The early information indicates there was a disabled vehicle on the Parkway. A second car stopped to assist the disabled vehicle. There were two people out of their vehicles when a third car came along and either hit the two men and threw them over the overpass or they jumped to avoid being hit. Both men fell down onto Second Avenue and struck the pavement and were run over by a passing vehicle.
Man Hospitalized After Being Hit By PAT Bus
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – An ambulance took a man to the hospital on Saturday after he said he was hit by a Port Authority Bus.
The incident happened around 8:30 p.m. Downtown near Wood Street and Forbes Avenue.The area was temporarily blocked off while police cleared the scene.
There was no immediate word on the severity of the man’s injuries.
Woman critically injured after being hit by car in Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH - A woman is in critical condition after being hit by a car in a crosswalk on a busy Pittsburgh street.
The accident happened around 8:30 p.m. Monday on California Avenue in the Brighton Heights neighborhood.
About a half-hour earlier, someone was hit along the same road, less than 2 miles away.
Police told Channel 11 the woman is in critical condition. We're working to find out how badly the person involved in the other crash was hurt.
A sad update:
Man Injured In Hit-And-Run Last Month In South Side Slopes Dies From Injuries
PITTSBURGH - A man who was struck by hit and run driver in downtown Pittsburgh has died, the medical examiner said.
Michael May, 55, was hit by a van or SUV on Feb. 7 in the 900 block of Fifth Avenue.
The road was closed from Washington Place to Diamond Street for several hours while police gathered evidence.
The Pittsburgh Collision Investigation Unit showed only Channel 11 what the driver left behind after hitting the victim and taking off. Various pieces of the suspect's vehicle were left at the scene.
In the same breath, a contradiction:
[West View police chief Bruce] Fromlak said the driver and the child also "may not have been fully paying attention when the accident occurred". "The girl told our investigator that she saw the car and thought she had enough time to cross," the chief said.
Also check out this great line of reasoning: ...likely was the victim of poor visibility caused by the change over to daylight saving time, according to authorities.
West View, 12-year-old girl hit, hospitalized
I added this comment:
I don't buy the story here. She was indeed paying attention. She saw the car and thought she had enough time to cross. She's 12, she must have crossed this street hundreds of times.
But speeding or not, dark or not, marked crosswalk or not, the driver was at fault, per 75-3542(a):
§ 3542. Right-of-way of pedestrians in crosswalks.
(a) General rule.--When traffic-control signals are not in place or not in operation, the driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection.
The real problem, as ever, is that local police cannot use radar to enforce speed limits.
My two cents on the West View pedestrian hit by car:
Shouldn't the headline be "Speeding or inattentive driving likely caused car to hit pedestrian"?
The policeman said (paraphrasing) that we know the driver wasn't speeding because the injuries to the pedestrian weren't severe. That also means the injuries would have been less or perhaps nonexistent if the car had been traveling slower, right? Also, most days I come out unscathed when I'm walking in crosswalks and cars fail to stop for me, as required by law. Is the fact that I'm uninjured proof that the drivers are law-abiding?
Did Police Chief Fromlak ever study logical reasoning?
Interesting that their entire synopsis of the case hinges on the statements of a 12 year old girl who was describing the crash after being hit and hurt. Seems their method of crash reconstruction was "well we're not going to charge the driver so let's talk to the girl and then we're it up and leave."
This is why we need to get rid of the 700 local police departments and instead have larger regional departments who have both patrol and detective functions.
According to their website, West View Police Department has a full-time detective. So as constituted, they currently have both patrol and detective functions. Also, "those requiring extensive investigations or resources beyond our means are referred to outside agencies such as the Allegheny County Police."
So, @Eric, looks like West View is covered as far as the capability of their PD goes.
*It's fair to disagree or dislike the outcome of an investigation, or even how it was conducted, but straying into "this is why we need to..." arguments is perilous...
From a West View resident who’s a Facebook friend:
Top comment on the West View Borough FB page discussing this event was a person complaining about how kids these days are always looking at their phones and don’t pay attention to where they’re going. Victim blame much?
Beloved Doctor Struck By Car Hours After Retiring Dies
Mere hours after treating his last patient, Dr. Danai walking home from a nearby community center when he was struck by a car at the intersection of Shady and Aylesboro avenues in Squirrel Hill. The driver stayed at the scene. It could not immediately be determined if police intend to file charges in connection with the accident.
what's comical about 910 in Harmar (especially by Target/Giant Eagle Express) is that at least one of the intersections has crosswalks, crosswalk signs, and beg buttons, but there isn't anywhere safe to cross to/from. there are no sidewalks.
How about a more accurate headline "Vehicle with headlights & brakes strikes pedestrian"
Cyclist crash, not pedestrian related.
Today, I was hit by a car coming off the 40th St. Bridge upstream sidewalk. The vehicle was stopped on the crosswalk waiting to turn right onto the bridge from Foster St. Use the downstream sidewalk for Lawrenceville-bound travel as this almost happened to me once before.
As far as I know, I just got a few bumps and nothing was seriously hurt. Bike is a little banged up though.
Hope you are ok Did you get the person's information? Their auto insurance should pay for fixing your bike. They'll probably also want you to sign a statement that you won't sue them. They'll probably also swing a token amount of extra money your way to get you to sign it.
@Eric, I gave her my phone number and sh wrote hers down. I did not get insurance info because the damage was not serious. The front wheel went out of true and the front brakes became misaligned. On Monday, I can take it to Kraynick's and try to true the wheel there and get the brake and shifter fixed.
Also, I am not seriously hurt, all that happened is mild swelling on my lower left leg. there is no blood or bruises, and nothing feels like it is broken.
Today, I'm feeling better. there is still mild pain in my left leg and shoulder that I can only feel if there is pressure applied to the area. I was able to go for a short ride on my old bike today around Aspinwall Riverfront Park.
Z, when I was hit, I got insurance info which paid for fixing both that bike and $50 toward my backup bike (cables and labor, mostly). I had Kindred do the work. They also paid me a four-digit sum not to sue, and covered the X-rays and ambulance ride.
@Stu, A few days ago, I sprained my ankle flying off of my bike near St. Margret's Hospital. In fact, I went to the emergency room the next day to get my foot checked out. Nothing is broken, but it was sprained pretty badly. I have health insurance that covered the hospital expenses. Hopefully, by Wednesday, I will be fully recovered.
The young woman in the car that hit me just gave me her first name and phone number. If that happens again, I will ask for more information.
Pro tip from a physician: if it isn't a life threatening injury and you don't require ambulance transport go to one of the Urgent Care clincs down the street. Medexpress next to ephesus or Concentra. They can do the same thing- exam, x-ray, ? brace - much quicker and for much a much cheaper cost, both to you and to the medical system.
@Eric, Every time a family member went to urgent care, they were sent to the emergency room. Also, My health insurance should cover the hospital expenses as there is no deductible.
Is it still the case that you probably won't get a proper police report unless they call either an ambulance (for you) or a tow truck (for your disabled vehicle, nevermind you can carry a bike away on your shoulder)?
If so, and if your insurance will cover in case the driver's won't, seems like it makes sense to take the ambulance ride and get checked out. And also put the crash in the statistics.
As a physician I can tell you that ambulance rides aren't free anymore. A lot of insurances will determine that it wasn't medically necessary and deny the claim and then you will get a three or four figure bill from the ambulance company. Never take an ambulance unless there's a chance you're going to die or have significant morbidity if you don't.
Honestly it's a pretty high level of care/monitoring and probably 50 percent of people who take ambulances don't need them. Reason #959 when health Care is so expensive in America. :)
This is getting of topic. I'm 98% better from both incidents and all that is left is a little pain in the foot and shoulder. We do not need to keep going on an on about this. Everything is ok.
^ of course if they find the driver AND CONVICT THEM
, they can get off with a 90 DAY
Woman Found Guilty In 2017 Fatal Hit-And-Run Crash In Ross Twp.
Gregor says she pulled over and got out to check her car. She also looked down the road where it happened before leaving.
But the assistant district attorney said Gregor had a responsibility to go back to the scene and she decided not to do so.
Gregor will be sentenced in 90 days.
Marko82: the last sentence in your post states, "Trevor will be sentenced in 90 days. " Is that a typo?
Darn autocorrect! Should say "Gregor..."
Sentencing scheduled for July 24. So in 90 days.
We don't know how long the sentence will be and if jail or no jail, etc.
Thanks for the correction, I read it wrong.
But still, I'll be surprised if she sees much jail time. It's not like she should be sentenced as someone who intentionally killed someone (first degree), but the sentence should be long enough that it reflects the seriousness of the crime. I think 4 to 5 years minimum security facility would be fair.
I drove past E Lib Blvd and Negley Run road at 7p today and there was something that looked like a car/bus crash and there was a bike in the middle of it all. I couldn't tell if the bike was smashed or not. People were just standing around and lots of fire trucks and police cars.
@Stu - story says between ARB and HPB. There isn't a sidewalk there in either direction. Shoulders through there in either direction are virtually nonexistent. If person was headed west - towards HPB, that ramp does not connect to sidewalk (sidewalk is only on down-river side of the bridge).
Unfortunately I have seen a fair amount of people walking in this area - and even people walking up that ramp and one guy walking along the up-river side bridge deck.
Obviously I hope the person is ok, but the particulars of this area makes me feel a bit surprised this doesn't happen more often, unfortunately.
Mentioned in the comments on the Facebook post about Austin Fike's memorial dinner. Unfortunately I have no further details. The comment was posted just a few minutes before I copied it here.
'Frances Withane I heard about this the same day I saw a pedestrian in a crosswalk be hit by a car, roll several times and fly into the air. (I was a witness and gave a statement.)'
"A man in his 70s was taken to the hospital after he was struck by a car in Shaler Township ... 100 block of Parker Street. ... The car remained at the scene."
A 71-year-old female pedestrian was struck by a vehicle in Lawrenceville at 51st and Butler streets, found unconscious in the street, and taken to the hospital. The driver remained on the scene.
I believe that a call to PennDOT has been made about this intersection. This is the second person to get hit there.
PERSON STRUCK BY A VEHICLE along Arlington Ave in the area of Warrington Ave.
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First, from the Trib. Happened on Sat Jan 30 2021.
Lawrenceville crash sends driver, pedestrians to hospital
also from KDKA TV news
2 Pedestrians Hit By Driver On Stanton Avenue
Fatality downtown, across from Gateway T station.
In case this story disappears, dark SUV northbound on Stanwix at Penn, man trapped under car, pronounced dead at the scene.