Recently, a driver in Chambersburg was accused of hitting a teenager, then driving away. This hit and run incident resulted in a broken leg. Other people who were walking with the victim made multiple attempts to stop and alert the driver to what had happened, but the driver did not stop. A person who was driving directly behind the car also attempted to get the driver to pull over, but was unsuccessful. State police interviewed the man when he returned to the accident scene about 10 minutes later.
Bicycling is becoming a popular form of exercise for adults and children alike. However, it does pose some significant risks as well. According to a CNN news report, biking injuries among adults are up in recent years, especially in bicyclists over 45 years old. Most often, arms and legs were the areas of bodily injury, but head injuries have also increased a significant amount. Unfortunately, many bicycle accidents are not reported to the police, so it is often hard to gather accurate statistical crash data, especially for more minor accidents. It is important to keep informed about these trends and give bicyclists on the road the space they need to stay safe.
Recently, newspapers reported that charges have been filed against a man who killed Pittsburgh woman while she was out riding her bike six months earlier. According to reports, the driver who caused the accident that killed the biker was speeding at the time and did not hit his brakes upon approaching a red light. The car then rammed into another car that was stopped at the light, which consequently hit and killed the biker. The police report notes that, as a result of the chain reaction of cars being bumped forward at the stoplight, the biker was pinned between two cars and subsequently passed away. Investigators note that the driver who caused the collision was likely high on drugs at the time.
- Always cross at crosswalks
- Carry flashlights
- Wear reflective clothing
- Avoid masks that limit vision
- Always keep your children in your line of vision