Woman charged in Westmoreland County hit-and-run that injured bicyclist

EXPORT, Pa. — An Export woman is facing several charges after police said she hit a bicyclist with her vehicle and drove off before being involved in another crash a few miles away.

Tanya Lynn Cardoni, 37, was charged with driving under the influence, aggravated assault while DUI, fleeing the scene of an accident involving personal injury and multiple traffic violations after the collisions on Thursday.

According to our news partners at the Trib, the first crash occurred around 7 p.m. in the 6000 block of Kennedy Avenue in Export, which critically injured a 31-year-old bicyclist from Export. The man suffered injuries including multiple fractures after he was thrown over a hillside during the crash.

A Facebook post on the ambulance service’s social media site said the helmet the bicyclist was wearing likely saved his life.

Cardoni drove off and then crashed along Borland Farm Road near the intersection of Italy Road in Murrysville, about two miles away from the first collision. Cardoni’s car struck a utility pole, authorities said.

Police said she then ran off before officers arrived. Using documents in the vehicle, they were able to identify Cardoni as the owner and went to her home, where her boyfriend told police he picked her up from the second crash scene.

Cardoni was taken into custody and she told police she had stopped at several bars after leaving work.

Blood test results are pending.

“Cardoni … related that she’s never drinking again,” according to court documents.

She was arraigned and released Friday on $500,000 unsecured bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 31.