Pedestrians hit by vehicles in Pittsburgh, Aspinwall

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Two pedestrians were taken to hospitals with injuries this morning after being hit by vehicles in separate incidents.

An Allegheny County dispatch supervisor said a person was hit by a vehicle on Greenfield Road near Schenley Park in Squirrel Hill just before 6:45 a.m.

About five minutes later, in Aspinwall, a person was struck by a vehicle in the 200 block of Freeport Road.

According to Allegheny County's official Twitter account, that Freeport Road between Center and Eastern avenues was closed for a crash investigation. Port Authority buses will not be detoured from Freeport Road.

Pittsburgh police assigned to Zone 4, which includes Squirrel Hill, responded to five calls for pedestrians struck by vehicles in the past three weeks, according to an alert from Cmdr. Kathy Degler.

In three of those cases, pedestrians were crossing the street in legal crosswalk areas and the drivers were turning onto the same street and struck them, Cmdr. Degler said.

In another case, a pedestrian was hit after getting off of a Port Authority bus because "an impatient driver attempted to pass the bus and struck the victim," who was in the crosswalk in front of the bus, Cmdr. Degler said.

All four were hospitalized.

Three of these four incidents occurred during hours of dusk or darkness, police said. The alert today reminded drivers and pedestrians that it gets dark earlier this time of year and that they should take extra precautions, especially in bad weather conditions.

The commander also said that police have received complaints of drivers passing stopped school buses in multiple areas in Zone 4.

First Published December 6, 2013 7:42 AM

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