Bicyclist dies after accident on Penn Avenue
Police officers examine the bike belonging to James Price of Homewood, who was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver on Penn Avenue July 25.
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After two bicyclists died after being struck by cars in recent days, Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl's office urged bicyclists to consider avoiding a section of Penn Avenue that runs through Point Breeze and Wilkinsburg.
The mayor's office said bicyclists should consider exiting Penn at at Braddock Avenue and continuing to Meade Street.
Pittsburgh has no legal authority to restrict bicycle traffic on Penn, a state-owned roadway.
Last night, a 47-year-old bicyclist was struck by a car in the 7700 block of Penn, along the city-Wilkinsburg border.
Allegheny County homicide Lt. Andrew Schurman said the bicyclist's family told him this afternoon that he had died in the hospital. The county medical examiner's office had not received the bicyclist's body as of 5:30 p.m., and his name has not yet been released.
Lt. Schurman said the driver in that accident remained at the scene of the crash. Police continue to investigate, and said the driver did not show any obvious signs of intoxication.
Last week, 46-year-old James Price of Homewood died after he was struck by a car near Penn and Penfield Court. Police are still searching for that driver.
"Although everyone must share space on our streets, much more responsibility rests on the shoulders of people driving cars, which have far greater ability to hurt and kill," Bike Pittsburgh executive director Scott Bricker said in a written statement. "Slow down, and treat bicyclists and pedestrians with care and respect."
First Published August 1, 2012 12:01 am