Hit and Run in Bloomfield
good to hear people are on the lookout for the driver/car.
keep us posted about fundraising efforts!
sending healing thoughts…..
What about a ride from BikePGH to OTB Bicycle Cafe, routed through Bloomfield? Ending at OTB with some sort of fund raising effort?
Doing something at OTB is definitely an idea.
As far as I know folks are still waiting to hear if MJ wants a fundraiser and if so, if they have preferences for what that would look like.
Looks like a fund has been set up. Info here:
Spoke with MJ last night. They are OK with a fundraiser, and are incredibly thankful for all the support and well-wishes.
In-case some folks do not use PayPal, I am currently trying to source a physical location where people can drop-off donations to MJ’s wellness fund.
I will happily assist in planning an event at OTB once I familiarize myself with that space and what can happen there. Would someone else will manage the bike ride aspect?
I am also thinking an art & music show at Mr. Roboto, and maybe a dance party. Folks can get a hold of me through The Big Idea’s events e-mail (email@example.com), just put MJ’s name in the subject line.
As for the investigation, I located all the cameras I could see on S. Mathilda and Liberty Ave. West Penn’s security reviewed the tapes, and while they didn’t see the accident, they will keep the video material in-case it proves helpful. It’s true for Commonwealth Bank police would need to request the footage. If anyone finds out the case number or detective’s name, that would be incredibly helpful in getting pertinent info to the police.
Maybe I missed it, but I didn’t see this reported on the local news at all. Is there a reason why? I would think that if word got out to the general public, the vehicle would have a better chance of being Identified.
I have been trying to figure out how to keep her position at UPMC saved. She just started and I not sure how to save a new hires position. Talked to a few people and no one has answers. Would a mass email, letter writing, or phone call from everyone help?
Nice of UPMC to both make a new employer pay the medical fees and then not potentially keep her on as an employee. She should have waited (90?) days before getting hit by a car
I don’t know what to say about UPMC, so I’ll say nothing (now).
I don’t know what to say about media coverage. I’m almost afraid to say anything, for fear of triggering the trolls. That’s all the more reason to do so, though, if only to get the trolls’ names.
I have thought of constructive things to do, but they’re too private and/or too early to talk about them here.
I am really happy to see that the bike community is turning out to help. Again. Though I’m sickened that we have to, both because of idiot drivers causing injury, and because the way health care in this country doesn’t get paid for.
show at roboto followed by ride over to otb? otb is super awesome and i’m sure they would be more than happy/able to accommodate a large group. as they have proven many times over.
Hey y’all, here’s what’s in the works:
– An event at OTB, maybe early April (not sure of the nature, but will be working it out)
– Show at Mr. Roboto in April (working the date and performers out now)
– Dance party in May, probably at Brillo if the space can be got…
– Something awesome at Artisan Tattoo Gallery… not sure what yet, but open to suggestions!
A bike ride to OTB would be amazing, we are working on orchestrating stuff now. If you want to help, send me a private message here with your personal contact and what you’d like to help with…
I witnessed the aftermath of a hit and run on Liberty at 37th street about 3:30 am on Saturday morning.
A pedestrain was hit by a car. What I saw was someone picking the guy up and putting him in a car to take him to the hospital.
There was blood.
I’m not sure if what I’ve seen is of any use for finding the perp – but I spent a cold hour waiting to talk to police that never came.
Security at West Penn said the guy was delivered and would pull through. (From how the victim looked as he was being stuffed in a car and driven away, I wasn’t sure that either would happen.)
Be careful out there.
Mick, that’s awful. We’re going to make hit and runs a big issue for the mayor’s campaign.
While obviously we need to reduce the number of these incidents that happen, I read Mick’s comment as being also to some degree an indictment of our police department, which just doesn’t seem to care about us:
I spent a cold hour waiting to talk to police that never came.
I’ve had varying interactions with the City PD as well; after I attempted to report someone who’d passed me far too close while shouting obscenities and was told by the responding officer essentially that it was my fault for taking the lane, I pretty much gave up on zone 2. (I had a better experience with a zone 4 officer after a similar incident on Millvale Ave.) And of course this doesn’t even get into how bike-involved incidents are handled further up the chain.
The police obviously have a large number of competing priorities and a comparatively small amount of resources. But we must ensure that our political and police leadership take seriously not only provision of space for cycling so that fewer incidents happen, but also the response to incidents when they do.
So exactly how do the police spend their time when they are not enforncing traffic laws and following up on or investigating hit and runs?
stefb wrote:So exactly how do the police spend their time when they are not enforncing traffic laws and following up on or investigating hit and runs?
They’re probably busy backing up vice guys harassing black people or arresting them
The cops are busy practicing their tazer skills over on the South Side
Hmmm, SAME COP at PNC
She deserved it for laying around like that
And this woman was clearly in need of escalating force
I’m sorry, I know the cops have a hard job, but this issue really has me pissed off!
edit: to fix link
wrong pittsburg(h) on that last one, but the point remains the same…
The Pittsburgh Police are not on my “warm-and-fuzzy” list right now. I think the mayoral candidates should face some questions about how can we get a Civilian Review Board that can fire the abusive members of police force.
BUT the woman hit in Bloomfield still needs some help and this isn’t the thread to kvetch about the po-po.
This link still works:
Most of us could toss a buck or two that way.
After crossing this intersection twice a few minutes ago, I called 311 and asked for the operator to suggest that a traffic light with pedestrian-activated walk signs be put in. In the meantime, she said she can send police out to patrol during busy times (I told her that I guess rush hour is okay, but it’s really busy all the time).
I think this is one of those places that needs a lot of people to call in about it before anything is actually done.
Has a police report been filed? Would this allow some CCV footage from nearby businesses to be accessed?
Somebody mentioned the First Commonwealth, but that’s all the way down at Millvale. What about the check-cashers at Mathilda?
thirstybuck wrote:Has a police report been filed? Would this allow some CCV footage from nearby businesses to be accessed?
I would love to know if anyone has the case number of investigating detective’s name for MJ’s hit&run.
As far as CCV is concerned, West Penn’s security did not catch the accident itself, and has very little else that seems helpful, however they agreed to hold the video incase it can be used as corroborating evidence. The management at Sheperd Wellness Community profived me with video stills of cars going down S. Mathilda from 7:00am-7:45am, which I will be passing on to the police, though unfortunately no license plate is visible. Both the check cashing place and First Commonwealth will require an police offer to obtain to footage, probably through the serving of a subpeona (I asked at both locations).
For anyone who wants to donate money but doesn’t use PayPal, or would like to leave a “get well” card for MJ, you can drop these off at The Big Idea Bookstore & Cafe at 4812 Liberty Avenue in Bloomfield, across from West Penn (coincidentally located down the block from where MJ was hit). We will be hosting a collection point for them in the foreseeable future, just ask whoever is staffing for help.
I’m sure @a brick will give a more formal update but from the email I received they are up to $3000! Good news!
How certain is it that the car is a Lincoln? Or that it’s newer? New Lincoln MKZ does not come in light blue from the factory. There is white and a pearl color though. I ask because I just saw a light blue mercury in squirrel hill. This car had front end damage. It was certainly not newer though…maybe late 90’s and didn’t look to be in the greatest shape so it would be no real surprise that it has damage. For those who know, was the car that hit the cyclist a nice, new car or a pretty unremarkable 90’s thing that has lost it’s shine?
NotReally wrote:i just happened to be walking down liberty when that poor girl got nailed. now, i’m no car expert, but i’d say it looked like a 90?s american-made car. it was super-light blue, almost white, and she had a red bike that may have scratched up the front-right side….
from page 1 of this thread….hope this helps
just to clarify, i was about a block away and only saw the car from the rear. i saw it as light blue, but it could have been pearl/light grey with some morning light hitting it. i dont think it was pure white. my memory is starting to get fuzzy, unfortunately. But from what i do remember it had taillights that were longer horizontally and the trunk edges were rounded. kinda like this guy…
hopefully i’m not confusing things. it probably looked more like the lincoln from the front or some other angle
like this? or too old?
edit: can’t seem to get the photo to post the same way I’ve done it before.
I can email it or try again after work…
kelw, If you could try to repost the pic or email it to me, I’d really appreciate it!
Becca, could you either post your email or check your PM and get it to me that way? I could email you immediately or post the photo later tonight. I think I figured out my error but can not use flickr on my work tablet. I was able to get some more details from a person who was there and he seemed to think that the car I saw was different but I’d still be happy to send/post it for you to check out too.
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