Police report that the driver, a 23-year-old woman, struck the man on his bicycle while she was on her way home from work. She stopped and stayed at the scene until emergency responders arrived.
When police arrived, they said the victim was experiencing cardiac arrest and suffering from traumatic injuries. He was then taken to UPMC Mercy Hospital where he later died due to the severity of his injuries.
Police cleared the woman of impairment and any criminal wrongdoing. An investigation is still ongoing.
The victim was a member of many cycling organizations including BikePGH who released a statement regarding the accident. They believe the conditions on Ardmore Boulevard for bicyclists and pedestrians are inadequate. They also said this is one of many fatal bicycle accidents that have occurred on Ardmore Boulevard in the last ten years.
As a motorist, it is important to share the road with bicyclists. When passing a bicyclist, the state requires four feet of space between your vehicle and the bicycle. Make sure you are always using turn signals so bicyclists know your intentions. Most importantly, avoid distracted driving such as using your cell phone while on the road.
In this particular case, the victim’s family may file a civil wrongful death claim against the at-fault driver. Accidents can happen at any time and as a bicyclist it is important to know what your rights are. If you or a loved one were injured in an accident, contact the attorneys at Berger and Green for a free no obligation consultation to evaluate your case.
CBS Pittsburgh, “Wilkinsburg Bicyclist Hit By Vehicle, Dies In Hospital”