Pedestrian Killed In Brookline

BROOKLINE (KDKA) — A salesman for Rohrich Toyota was killed while attempting to cross West Liberty Avenue in Brookline.

Theodore Biancucci, 50, was walking from a used car lot to the Toyota showroom Friday afternoon when the accident happened.

He was struck and dragged about 80-feet by a Plymouth Voyager minivan traveling outbound.

The speed limit is 35mph. No charges have been filed against the driver so far.

Victoria Geis, Biancucci’s sister-in-law, believes speed played a role in the accident.

She said that her brother-in-law would give anyone the shirt off of his back and asked that people pray for the wife and 12-year-old daughter he leaves behind.


Stay with KDKA for the latest developments.

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  1. Mark says:

    Someone please tell Paul that Liberty Avenue and West Liberty avenue are not interchangeable….

  2. robby says:

    It is no surprise that one of those salesman finally got killed by jaywalking back and forth across W Liberty Ave all day.

    1. Anonymous says:

      You’re a piece of human garbage robby.

    2. Tom Fitzpatrick says:

      robby you seriously may need to seek mental help. it is part of the salesmans jobs to walk across the street to assist customers and the speed limit is only 35 so it shouldnt be as crazy as it really is there… and the only reason the salespeople and other employees “jaywalk” is because there is no crosswalk (which there should be). i worked with teddy this past summer and he was one of the most concerned salespeople about saftey while crossing the street. he truly would give the shirt off of his back and he was an amazing man. for you to say something like that is truly shocking and a shame that people in this world could be so cold-hearted.

      1. Mike says:

        Damn Right Tom!

    3. cierra says:

      that was my uncle that comment was uncalled for and no one deserves to be runover how would you feel if it happened to one of your loved ones?

  3. Sandy says:

    My thoughts and prayers go out to both families. Regardless if a person is grief stricken, the sister-in-law should not have said the minivan driver was sitting at home on his couch implying the driver did not care what had happened. 1. The police will determine if speed was involved. 2. The victim was jaywalking. 3. Toyota should be held liable for forcing its employees to illegally cross the street throughout the day, especially at rush hour. Toyota has enough money to have an office structure on both sides of the street. The accident was tragic for both families/friends and should be recognized as such.

    1. Mike says:

      It’s Rohich not Toyota that you should be referencing in your comments. Toyota Corporation has nothing to do with this other than that it’s automobiles are sold by the dealer(Rohich

      1. Sandy says:

        You are right Mike, I stand corrected. I do however believe that everyone understood what I meant.

  4. kc says:

    Robby…that was a sick comment to say! My husband is a salesman there and is just doing his job, making a living and waiting on annoying ungrateful people like you all day! This was a tragic loss to all involved and Teddy will be sorely mnissed! I hope you have something to be thankful for this coming Thanksgiving.

  5. Anonomoys says:

    Robby- how can you be so rude? I find it hard to believe you have never jwalked before. I bought my car on W. Liberty Ave. and walked back and forth numerous times looking at cars not to mention my mom used to walk across that street getting cars for her job. Perhaps people should pay attention to the road. My thoughts go out to his family..

  6. TR says:

    This is very sad and unfortunate. Although Robby’s comment seemed to have been said in a harsh tone, there is some truth to it. I’ve lived in Brookline for many years and travel West Liberty Avenue all the time. I always saw the workers/salesman dash across the street. I always thought to myself that I was surprised this hasn’t happened more often than it did. I wouldn’t be surprised if speed was the cause, but anyone that crosses where Mr. Biancucci did always put themselves at risk. My prayers go out to his family.

  7. Kelly says:

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of salesman! My soon to be husband and kids where the one in the van and they are not seating in bed they had a long night! I can tell you that he is a very safe driver and will do anything to protect anyone! He tryed everything to miss him! I wish people would watch what the say and write because it hurts more! We will always pray for the family because the was sad thing happen and we wish it never happen!

  8. Matt says:

    This is a very unfortuanate thing that has happened. To say this man is at home sitting on his couch is very rude!!! This is something that he has to live with everyday. Every time he gets into a vehicle or behind the wheel, that day will be raceing through his mind. It is very sad and is not the first time and i highly doubt it will be the last. Anyone who travels West Liberty knows that people are constantly crossing that street. There is no way around it. Something needs to be done A.S.A.P. I lost a friend on that street 2 years ago (Frank Passaro) the exact same way. These people dont have any other choice but to jaywalk. You cant expect them to walk to the closest crosswalk. Thats just not an option! My thoughts and prayers go out to both families involved in this tragic accident. I hope you can find some way to enjoy the holiday. Once again i am truely sorry. God bless all!

    1. DONNA says:

      HOW DO YOU PEOPLE KNOW WHAT THAT MAN AND HIS CHILDREN WERE DOING THAT NIGHT, I’M SURE THE DRIVER DID NOT GO OUT THAT DAY INTENDING TO HIT AND KILL SOMEONE. AND THE POOR CHILDREN 1 HAS LOST A FATHER AND THE OTHERS WITNESSED THE DEATH OF A MAN. ITS A VERY SAD ACCIDENT . AND I CAN SAY THIS EVERYONE HAS ONE TIME OR ANOTHER HAS DROVE ABOVE THE SPEED LIMIT WE ALL HAVE EVEN 2 OR 3 ABOVE THE LIMIT IS SPEEDING. MY SYMPATHY GOES OUT TO ALL FAMLIES INVOLVED

  9. Marissa Hefner says:

    my boyfriend worked with teddy down at rohrich toyota. && robbie if you dont have anything nice to say keep your damn mouth shut. this is a tragedy, not a joke.

  10. GrownUp says:

    I knew Teddy and your petty comments about jaywalking frankly make me sick. He had no choice, this was part of his Job to cross the street and sell cars. Grow up and get a freakin life you all make me want to vomit. Losers.

  11. GrownUp says:

    Oh and to the people who are soooo concernced about the couch comment, it’s the truth and maybe next time the driver will slow down and pay attention….

    1. Kelly says:

      He was paying attention and he was doing the speed limit! Our kids where in the van with him! You think u know what happen behind the wheel! Put urself in his shoes! He is the one that came with those kids crying and DID NOT SIT ON THE COUCH! WE PRAYED FOR THE MANS FAMILY! HE IS HURTTING JUST AS BAD AS YOU ALL! HE WOULD NEVER HURT ANYONE!

      1. DONNA says:

        KELLY I AGREE WITH YOU PEOPLE CAN TALK BUT DONT KNOW WHAT REALLY HAPPEN IT WAS AN ACCIDENT AND ITS SUCH A SAD THING TO HAVE HAPPENED. LOOK AT BROOKLINE BLVD HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE LOST LOVED ONES IT CAN HAPPEN TO ANYONE CROSSING A BUSY STREET

    2. DocRat says:

      Your comments are very ingnorant and ever more rude than Robby

  12. jay says:

    if he was paying attention then why did he drag him 80 feet for.

  13. Michael Kostie says:

    Kelly, Your man did everything in his power to avoid this tragedy. People don’t realize how bad the guy is suffering over this It is on his conscience and even time won’t allow him to be at peace. Not right now anyway. I can only imagine what you all are going through. God bless you and your family. Also my prayers go out to Teddy’s family through this sudden loss of their loved one.

  14. Ex-employee says:

    My god people. It was a tragic accident. The fault here is Rohrich Auto Group for letting employees and customers cross into open traffic. I’ve witnessed many of them in doing it myself. Each and everyone has made Rohrich what it is today. Do something about this so no one else loses their life working for you. My condolences to all that was involved. Life is tooooo short and this is a prime example how fast we can lose someone. He was a friend, he was a father, he was someone somebody loved and he past away taking care of these people in his life he loved. Let’s remember him in helping who and what you are today.

  15. Kurt says:

    I drive West Liberty Ave. quite often. I can’t comment on the driver of the van, as I’ve never seen him drive, but a key lesson of this story is that a lot of people drive like idiots on this stretch of road. It is treated as a 4-lane though it is not quite wide enough, and people will damn near run others into the parked cars on the side in an effort to pass when they really shouldn’t be doing so. Everybody wants to go 60 MPH on that road while not looking far enough ahead and making NO effort to maintain any space around their vehicle, all the while yakking on their phones. It is even stated in this story that when the driver of the van tried to avoid the pedestrian, another car was beside him, boxing him in! Did the other driver take into consideration that there was a pedestrian trying to cross before making this obviously dangerous pass? Was anyone looking far enough ahead to see that someone was trying to cross the road? Did any of the drivers think that people are likely to be crossing the road in an area where a car dealer occupies space on both sides? Apparently not. And now someone is dead.

  16. Trent says:

    I pray for both familys involved,GOD BLESS everyone.Kelly don’t pay attention
    to the rude remarks,there are people who likes this kind of stuff. You can be a
    GREAT driver and still get into an accident.This was no ones fault it just happened,no one is to blame,i found the best thing to start the healing process
    is to start helping other people in need.there is a million ways to help,it is good
    for the soul…….God Bless The Families

  17. CO-WORKER says:

    I FIND THIS BLOG TO BE IN VERY POOR TASTE. A LITTLE GIRL LOST HER FATHER YESTERDAY AND YOU PEOPLE WANT TO HAVE A JAYWALKING DEBATE. HOW ABOUT OFFERING TEDDYS FAMILY AND MOST OF ALL HIS LITTLE GIRL A PRAYER. AS FOR ROBBY, YOUR A POOR EXCUSE FOR A HUMAN BEING. JUST FOR 1 MOMENT, IMAGINE IF THIS HAPPEND TO 1 OF YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS, WOULD YOU HAVE MADE THAT POST? MY GUESS IS NO. MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO TEDDYS FAMILY AND MOST OF ALL HIL LITTLE GIRL.

    1. human being says:

      if you find it such a poor taste to have this blog then y did you read it all then comment on something one of the bloggers said. I dont think what robbie said was rude at all. He wasnt making fun of the person that died or of anyones driving ability he was just saying what he thought of it happening. Personally I feel the same way. I lived on west liberty avenue for 2 years and saw quite a few people jaywalk across and almost get hit or cause an accident. That car dealership and all the other car dealerships on west liberty should be the ones held responsible for not getting some kind of crosswalk or overhead walkway or some kind of office on both sides of the street. I feel for both families, they both have a lot of grieving to do.

    2. DONNA says:

      MY PRAYERS GO OUT TO TEDDYS CHILD HIS WIFE AND ALSO TO THE MAN WHO HIT AND TOOK HIS LIFE AND TO HIS CHILDREN WHO WERE IN THE VAN WHEN IT HAPPENED

  18. CRD says:

    WHO ARE WE TO JUDGE? LEAVE IT IN GOD’S HANDS.

  19. my persepective says:

    As far as the comment about sitting home on the couch, all the sister in law meant was that her brother in law, unlike the driver, was dead and would never get to come home again. She did not mean the driver was not remorseful

  20. DocRat says:

    I knew this would happen one day. I drive a cab and I see these employees playing Frogger everyday. I’ve had to stop for a few of them myself. I feel for the family of this man and my prayers go out to his family, but I really feel bad for the driver of this minivan. they have to live with this their whole life and according to the story they were doing the speed limit. 35 is the posted limit there. Though Robby worded his comment rudely, his content was correct. you can’t blame the driver if they were doing the right thing. Yes it is tradgic that this man died, but don’t blame someone else for his fatal mistake. That poor driver probably feels so bad. My prayers go out to them too. Perhaps this will prompt the dealer to take measures to prevent this from happening again. Maybe errect a walkway bridge over West Liberty Avenue. It isn’t like the dealer doesn’t have the money to do so.

  21. Marissa Hefner says:

    Like i said, my boyfriend nick works at rohrich toyota/scion where teddy worked. Regardless as to how fast he was going….how the hell do u drive your car 80ft while dragging a body UNLESS you were speeding? seriously. use your head here for just one damn minute. if he as going the speed posted, teddy would probably be recovering in the hospital. but no. he was drug. not just 5 feet. but 80 feet. that doesn’t accidentally happen. when you hit a deer (doesn’t matter if your in a mac truck or a car) you know you hit a deer. you stop. you don’t keep driving. this is a human being. There is NO excuse here for the man who was driving the minivan. NONE. Yes accident happen, even to goo drivers. That dosn’t take away from the fact he drug the body. My thoughts and prayers go out to teddy, his family, Rohrich’s co-workers, and to the man responsible. I pray you all find peace. But teddy needs justice.

  22. Concerned says:

    The minivan involved in this accident had an expired inspection sticker. Could this have played a factor in why the vehicle could not stop? Eyewitness says van was driving left of center and traveling at a high rate of speed. Was he on his cell phone during the accident which he was using at the scene?. Phone records will show. It is true that the driver will have to live with what has happend. Too bad the victim can’t. All he wanted to do was hustle and make a living to provide for his daughter. He wasnt even supposed to be at work this day. Rest in peace Teddy! May God be with you!

  23. Traggic says:

    Teddy was a great guy. I knew him briefly and bought a vehicle from him this year. My prayers go out to his family.

  24. Bonnie says:

    WE WILL MISS HIM HE WAS A WONDERFUL FATHER AND HUSBAND,
    MY BROTHER.-IN-LAW IS IN HEAVEN NOW. I PRAY THAT THIS WILL NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN to anyone.MAYBE SOMEONE COULD PUT A SPEED BUMP in THIS MIGHT HELP.

    1. Joyce says:

      Hello Bonnie–funny I dont know you–I am Teddys sister Joyce–when did he get married???

  25. Marissa Hefner says:

    my aunt Georgeanne told me today that they tried to have a sky-walk put in there a while back && the city of Pittsburgh wouldn’t allow it. So heres my question to the person/people who made that decision….how many people have to die before something is done? That road claimed 3 lives already. What if the next is a child? Maybe then, something will be done.

  26. Amy says:

    I worked at Rohrich for many years a few years back. BELIEVE me when I say that the salespeople work thier hardest to make a living and be as safe as possible. They have to make a living! People on West Liberty FLY on that road and if any of you don’t know it, as you are travelling from the Liberty Tunnels, you come around a slight bend right in front of the Toyota dealership. Any driver will tell you that it is NOT SAFE to be travelling at a high speed around that bend! NOT EVEN THE SPEED LIMIT! I do feel just awful for Teddy’s family and the families of all involved. BUT, BUT, come on… 80 FEET? He clearly should have been able to come to a stop MUCH faster had he been travelling at a safe speed. PS: Robby should have used a better word than “Jaywalking!” Think before you type and offend the families, friends and coworkers that Teddy leaves behind! INCLUDING his young daughter who will read this someday!

  27. Marissa Hefner says:

    thats rite amy. my bf crosses that road everyday. he parks in the used car lot. so he crosses it twice a day at least. that bend is a tough spot. && i toally agree with the 80 foot statement. if you read my previous comments i said the same exact thing. kudos to you.

  28. Vlad says:

    The city should do something with the stretch of road.

    If people are pushing 60 on West Liberty, there should at least be a barrier in the center line and clear markings to show weather or not it is a 4 or 2 lane road.

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