Columbus Day parade marcher injured

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A man marching with an Italian cultural club in the Columbus Day parade today in Bloomfield was knocked unconscious when he was hit by a bicyclist, police and a club members said.

Giovanni Cimino, 56, of Green Tree, was hit as he was marching in the parade with other men, women and children - including his wife and two teenage children - who are members of the Calabria Club, said another club member.

Mr. Cimino was hit as he marched along Liberty Avenue near West Penn Hospital by an unnamed male bicyclist, who was not a participant in the parade.

The impact knocked Mr. Cimino backwards and he struck the back of his head, opening a large cut there, said Mike Butera, Calabria Club's president.

After he regained consciousness, Mr. Cimino was transported by ambulance to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, said Pittsburgh Police Commander Timothy O'Connor.

"As of right now, he's going to be OK," Mr. Butera said.

The cyclist was headed the opposite direction from the parade when the accident occurred and also suffered a minor head injury. The cyclist was seen sitting on a curb holding a towel to his forehead, but he was not taken to a hospital.

Cmdr. O'Connor said police were still trying to reconstruct the accident before determining if the cyclist would be charged or cited.

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First Published October 11, 2013 8:37 PM


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