Updated: 11:59 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012 | Posted: 11:56 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012
Officials urge caution after bicyclist hit by car on Penn Avenue for 2nd time in week
Officials are urging drivers and bicyclists to be extra cautious after a bike rider was hit by a car for the second time in a week Tuesday night in Point Breeze.
According to police, a woman lost control of her SUV about 10 p.m. Tuesday on Penn Avenue and hit a man on a bike. The man then crashed into a utility pole.
The bicyclist was rushed to an area hospital with head injuries. His name and condition have not been released.
Authorities haven’t said if the driver of the SUV will face charges.
Tuesday’s crash was in the same area where James Price, 46, was killed last week while riding his bike.
Investigators are still looking for the driver who fled the scene after hitting Price. Officials said the driver was in a white or off-white sedan with front-end damage.
In response to the recent accidents, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl is urging drivers and bicyclists to be lawful, cautious and respectful of one another.
"Pittsburgh has come a long way in the last five years in improving bicycle safety and infrastructure to create a more flourishing urban environment," Ravenstahl said. "Our city's pedestrian and bicycle friendliness are key components to residents' quality of life and help us grow our city's population. More than ever, residents and visitors seek walkable neighborhoods and bicycle access to enjoy the city's cultural opportunities, recreation amenities or merely to get to work, school or the grocery store. As the city encourages walking and biking, we remind everyone that when driving, biking or walking, safety not only for yourself, but for your fellow street users, is paramount."
"My thoughts and deepest sympathies go to the victims, families and friends affected by these recent incidents," Ravenstahl added. "Hit and runs will not be tolerated on Pittsburgh's streets. Our neighborhood camera system is up and running throughout our city and our police officers are ever more on the lookout for the safety of cyclists and pedestrians. As a driver, you never want to be put in a position where you have tragically injured a bicyclist or pedestrian, so drive safe and be cautious."