Public Safety Blotter Articles

Police Respond to Pedestrian Hit and Run Downtown

Date: July 20, 2019
Incident Type: Vehicle v. Pedestrian
Location: Zone 2

Pittsburgh Bureau of Police officers from Zone 2, as well as Fire and EMS, were dispatched to the 1100 block of Liberty Avenue downtown for a pedestrian struck by a vehicle just after 11:30 p.m. on July 20.

Upon scene they discovered an adult female on the street, unresponsive. She was also observed to have a laceration above her eyelid, as well as multiple bruises.

Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire arrived on scene and placed a neck brace on the victim as EMS arrived to transport her to Mercy Hospital in critical condition, which was later upgraded to stable.

On scene there were several witnesses who said they observed a gray minivan travelling in an outbound lane of Liberty Avenue when it struck the victim who wasn't in a crosswalk. The driver did not stop to assist the victim.

A taxi driver with his passenger say they witnessed the suspect vehicle flee the scene and followed it until it turned onto the 16th Street Bridge from Liberty Avenue, before they abandoned their pursuit. They provided police with possible license plate number sequences, with negative results.

The Bureau’s Collision Investigation Unit arrived to process the scene and turned the investigation back over to zone officers.

Police are investigating.

Reporting PIO:
Cara Cruz