Pittsburgh police looking for driver who hit woman in wheelchair in North Oakland

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh police are searching for the driver of a white car that struck a woman in a wheelchair Monday morning.

It happened at 7:30 a.m. at the intersection of N. Craig and Centre Avenue in Oakland.

The impact sent 34-year-old Kelda Gorman into the intersection, where her motorized wheelchair broke down. The driver then fled the scene.

Gorman has spinal issues and has only had a wheelchair for a few months. She believes the wheelchair’s seatbelt saved her life.

“Thank goodness the heavy-duty engineering of the motorized wheelchair. I probably would have been thrown out if it didn’t have a seatbelt,” Gorman said.

Gorman said she was stuck in the intersection until Pittsburgh police officers arrived and got her safely to the side of the road. She’s angry the driver sped away after stopping for a moment and knowing how hard he hit her.

“There’s no way in heck he did not realize it’s me. Now my wheelchair is broken. Financially, I can’t cover that. Police haven’t told me much about where this is gonna go.”

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call Pittsburgh police at (412) 422-6520.

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