This is terrible, but I am not really surprised. My morning commute takes me through this part of town, and that block is nasty. I have had so many problems with angry motorists right on this block, that I have completely removed it from my ride, and I take the longer way around by going back through the quieter neighborhood streets.
When I come out of East Liberty on Baum, I cross Negley, then take the first right at Roup St, Left on Harriet, and finally take a left on Winebiddle to pull back out onto Liberty Ave.
Most vehicles treat that section of Baum Blvd as a highway. It is dangerous and I
won’t ride there.
Sorry to hear about your friend, I hope he is recovering.