A man riding a bicycle was killed Wednesday morning in a hit-and-run accident in Point Breeze.
Authorities said James Price, 46, was hit at the intersection of Penn Avenue and Penfield Place about 5:15 a.m.
Price's mother, Glenice Price, said her son was on his way to an area park to exercise.
According to police, the driver of a white car that hit James fled the scene. A description of the driver has not been released, but police said the vehicle should have significant front-end damage.
"All you got to do ... is just turn (yourself) in," Glenice said as if she was talking to the culprit, who is still on the run. "Just think if this was your brother, your sister, anybody.
"You just don't know the pain that we are going through."
James' large family gathered at his house after hearing of his death. Devastated relatives told Channel 11's Vince Sims that James recently lost more than 100 pounds riding his bike and exercising.
"Witnesses driving behind the vehicle said they saw a white car suddenly strike the bicyclist and then take off inbound toward East Liberty," Pittsburgh Police Sgt. Bill Kunz said.
A witness told Channel 11 News that she was driving two cars behind the bicycle when the crash happened.
"On the side of the road was a bicycler. He had his headlight on and everything. Then two cars ahead of us, going 50 or 60 mph just blew him off his bike," witness Chrissy Gratton said. "He landed in some bricks."
Gratton said she and another woman tried to help James until paramedics arrived at the scene.
"We were trying to keep him awake and trying to keep his eyes open. We were trying to talk to him," she said.
Officials said the James was rushed to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, but he was pronounced dead a short time later.
Anyone with information on the accident is asked to contact police.