Cyclist thought to be hurt on Ohio River Boulevard turns out to be OK

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A teenage on a bicycle escaped serious injury this morning in an incident in Bellevue that closed Ohio River Boulevard for several hours.

The teenager from McKees Rocks was riding his bike back from the Bellevue McDonald's early this morning when he slipped and fell off his bike on the highway, also known as Route 65, just before 6 a.m., said Bellevue police clerk Fred Fisher.

"He slid on some ice or mud or something and his bike went into traffic, and he fell on the sidewalk," he said.

The teenager, whose name and age were not available, picked up his bike and rode away, Mr. Fisher said. The driver of the vehicle thought he'd hit someone, prompting police to comb the area for hours in search of an injured cyclist.

Allegheny County police Sgt. Scott Scherer said the teen suffered only a bump on his head from falling off the bike. He said the teen "thought the truck knew [he] was fine," the sergeant said.

No charges will be filed.

The highway, closed about 4 1/2 hours, reopened to traffic late this morning.

First Published February 21, 2014 7:37 AM

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