NORTH FAYETTE, Pa. - Police are investigating a fatal hit-and-run accident that happened Friday evening in North Fayette.
According to police, Brandon Ortmann, 24, of Oakdale, was riding a bicycle westbound in the 7200 block of Steubenville Pike when he was struck by a passenger side mirror of a box truck traveling eastbound at about 7:40 p.m.
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Ortmann was transported to Allegheny General Hospital, where he died due to his injuries.
The box truck is believed to be dark in color and a product of General Motors. It should be missing a passenger side mirror and is also believed to have a passenger side headlight out.
North Fayette police are requesting assistance in locating this box truck and is requesting anyone with information to contact the North Fayette Police Department at 412-787-8900.
Jamila Olowinski, the victim’s sister, spoke to Channel 11 Saturday night and said whoever is responsible should turn themselves into police.
“It’s just the right thing to do, to step up and come forward,” she said. “If you didn’t know before you obviously have to know now.”
She said her brother Brandon rode his bike everywhere, including to and from work.
Police are canvassing the area and watching surveillance video from a nearby business to see if they can track down the driver of the box truck.
But for now, the family’s pain is made worse by their search for answers.
“He was an amazing person, with a big, kind heart,” Olowinski said. “Always good intentions and loving.”