According to the man’s doctors, he was lucky to have survived the bicycle accident, and he has his helmet to thank for the fact that he is alive today. After the crash, he was taken to Allegheny General Hospital, where he spent the next three weeks unconscious. He has since undergone a litany of surgeries and medical procedures in order to repair his massive injuries, which include a shattered pelvis, arm and legs.
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Pittsburgh police reportedly have a suspect in custody in connection with the near-fatal crash. That person is believed to have been driving on a revoked license on the night of the hit-and-run, and has also admitted to consuming alcohol before getting behind the wheel. It remains to be seen how if and how he will be criminally charged.
In addition, the injured bicyclist may decide to file a personal injury lawsuit against the driver in order to recoup some of his medical expenses and receive damages for his significant pain and suffering.
In a recent interview, the injured bicyclist seemed to indicate that he may consider such a suit. He refuses to refer to the crash as an accident, stating that “an accident conveys the impression that someone wasn’t at fault,” he said. “I was following all the traffic laws.”
Source: CBS Pittsburgh, “Hit-And-Run Victim Works To Make Pittsburgh Bike Friendly,” Andy Sheehan, Oct. 26, 2012