Woman cited in crash; Big Ben cited for helmet, permit

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Pittsburgh police today announced that a woman involved in last week's accident with Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger failed to yield the right of way when she made a left turn in front of his motorcycle.

The woman, whose name was not released by police but who was previously identified as Martha Fleishman, 62, of Squirrel Hill, will be cited, with the fine usually set at $106.50, said police accident investigation Officer Dan Connolly.

Roethlisberger will be cited for failure to have a permit to operate a motorcycle. He also will be cited for failure to wear a helmet, which is required for motorcyclists who have not completed a safety course or who have not completed two years operating a motorcycle with a valid license.

He faces fines totaling $388, Connolly said.

Roethlisberger and Fleishman crashed on Second Avenue at the 10th Street Bridge last Monday. Connolly said the car ahead of Fleishman's turned on a yellow turning arrow but there was no arrow by the time she made the left turn. Both drivers had green lights, which means she had to yield to Roethlisberger, Connolly said. He added that Roethlisberger was traveling 35 mph in a zone with a posted 35 mph speed limit.

Roethlisberger had extensive facial injuries and spent several days in Mercy Hospital.

Police Chief Dominic Costa said police did not want to identify the driver because she has received several threats by telephone. Police are investigating.

More details in tomorrow's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.


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