Pittsburgh City Paper reports that some witnesses say the car was speeding at the time of the crash. Law enforcement officials say other witnesses believe the bicyclist went through a red light on East Liberty Boulevard.
A friend of the victim says witnesses believe the car was going up to 50 mph before it hit the bike. They boy was thrown from the bike, sustaining broken bones. He was hospitalized in stable condition, according to the paper’s report.
The bicycling community reportedly helped police track down the driver of the BMW; identified by its damaged passenger-sideview mirror. A plastic mirror-covering was found at the scene of the accident.
The right side of the vehicle’s windshield was also cracked.
There have been no arrests made in the incident.
The cyclist’s friend said, “It is a coward-like act to hit a someone and then run.”
In similar cases in which conflicting reports exist, a court might sometimes find shared fault for the accident and injuries. A Pittsburgh personal injury attorney experienced in bicycle accident cases can help you understand how a degree of liability might impact your compensation claims.
An experienced injury lawyer is focused on protecting you and maximizing your claim in negotiations with insurers and at trial.