Driver was untangling flip-flops when he killed cyclist

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A teen driver was distracted when his flip-flops got tangled with his truck's pedals, causing him to strike and kill a bicyclist last month in Indiana Township, Allegheny County homicide investigators said today.

No charges have been filed against the 17-year-old boy who had been driving the pickup truck. The District Attorney's office will review the investigative reports to determine whether charges should be filed.

Deputy District Attorney Chris Conners said this morning the matter is under review.

Donald Parker, 52, of Hampton, died May 27 after his bicycle was struck from behind by the boy's pickup truck as the two traveled up a steep grade on Harts Run Road near Dorseyville Road.

The boy told police he had been on his way to school at Fox Chapel Area High School when his flip-flops got tangled in the floor pedals.

The driver, while the truck still was moving, reached down to untangle his feet when the vehicle struck Mr. Parker, who had been riding near the berm ahead of the truck.

"The flip-flops caused a momentary distraction that took [the driver] to the berm, and he struck the bicyclist," said county police Lt. William Palmer.

The boy's name has not been released.


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