2 bicyclists injured, 1 critically, after being struck by SUV in Garfield

PITTSBURGH — Two bicyclists were injured, one critically, late Tuesday night when a sport utility vehicle struck them in Pittsburgh’s Garfield neighborhood.

Police said the bicyclists, both women, were riding on Penn Avenue shortly before midnight when the accident happened. They are believed to have been trying to pass a parked vehicle when the SUV hit them. %



A woman who works across the street at an auto body shop said the area is not well lit at night.

“You have to be so careful. They just fly. They are definitely not good with pedestrians or people who ride bicycles. It's a dangerous area,” the woman, Sarah, told Channel 11’s Steven Fisher.

One of the bicyclists, 20, was pinned under the SUV and needed to be freed by police and paramedics. She was taken to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in critical condition.

The second bicyclist, 22, was hospitalized with minor injuries.

Police said the SUV’s driver, a 26-year-old man, stayed at the scene of the accident. No charges have been filed.

The investigation is ongoing.