Police believe the man was walking in the left lane on the Parkway East when he was struck by a vehicle. He was then thrown over to the westbound lanes where he was hit by two more vehicles. Not one of the drivers stopped to see what they had struck. A trooper at the scene says that the drivers may have thought they hit an animal since it is not common to see pedestrians on the parkway.
One of the drivers has come forward after seeing the story on the news. There is no other evidence of the other vehicles involved. Investigators have looked for nearby disabled vehicles, but have not found any possible matches. No charges have been filed at this time.
It is not certain as to why the man was walking on the Parkway. First responders assumed the man may have been homeless but police do not believe that to be true at this time.
Sadly, this is not the first pedestrian accident to happen in the Pittsburgh area in recent months. Drivers and pedestrians must be cautious when sharing the road with one another.
As a pedestrian it is important to obey the rules of the road. This includes obeying traffic signals and using crosswalks and sidewalks. When crossing intersections, try and make eye contact with drivers to ensure they are paying attention. Walk against the traffic so you are able to see vehicles traveling toward you and make adjustments if needed. If you are traveling at night, wear light colored clothing or reflector tape to make yourself more visible to drivers.
If you were a pedestrian struck by a negligent driver, contact the attorneys at Berger and Green.
CBS Pittsburgh, “Man Dies After Being Hit By Several Cars On Parkway East”