Bicyclist loses leg in mishap in Carnegie

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A bicyclist's leg was severed after he darted out in front of oncoming traffic and collided with a car in Carnegie this morning, police said.

Sgt. Jeffrey Kennedy, the borough's acting chief, said the incident happened around 9:30 a.m. when the man was riding on Mansfield Boulevard.

Witnesses told police the man was weaving on his bicycle in the right lane and that several drivers drove around him. The sergeant said the man then rode on the sidewalk before making a sudden turn into the oncoming lane of traffic, a move captured by a video camera in the area.

"It's clear as can be -- he darts right in front of the vehicle," Sgt. Kennedy said.

The man, whose name was not released, hit the front of the car and the windshield. His left leg was severed below the knee, and he also suffered non-life-threatening head injuries, but police believe he will survive.

Allegheny County police are investigating and the bicyclist could be charged. Witnesses told police the bicyclist seemed to be impaired, and the sergeant said county police will look into whether the man was intoxicated.

"From what I understand from [Allegheny County police] the bicyclist is going to be the one at fault," he said.

The driver of the car, while visibly shaken, was uninjured, the sergeant said.

Sgt. Kennedy said borough police have had "prior dealings" with the bicyclist but declined to elaborate.

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