Driver who caused crash that killed bicyclist pleads guilty

Driver who caused crash that killed bicyclist pleads guilty

PITTSBURGH — A man pleaded guilty to causing the chain-reaction crash that killed a bicyclist in Oakland.

David Witherspoon, 50, of Carrick pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges of accidents involving death while not properly licensed, involuntary manslaughter, and possession of a control substance.

He crashed his vehicle into another at the corner of Forbes Avenue and Bellefield Avenue, forcing that vehicle forward, pinning Susan Hicks, 34, who was riding a bicycle.

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Hicks, who worked for the University of Pittsburgh, was taken to UPMC Presbyterian where she later died.

Her death lead to calls for additional bike lanes and safety measures in the city of Pittsburgh.

Witherspoon will be sentenced in May.

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