Authorities Make Arrest In Pedicab Hit & Run

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pedicabs are becoming more familiar on city streets, but last night one trip was cut short.

A pedicab belonging to Green Gears which operates out of a garage in a South Side alley was rear-ended. The company’s owner wasn’t talking.

The pedicab was hit here in the 900-block of Penn Avenue near the Sonoma Grille where John Ajay is general manager. The vehicle that slammed into them took off.

“Heard a big bang like there was a car crash out front,” he said.

The pedicab’s driver, Dawn Zacharias, appeared to be dazed.

“I think that she was in shock a little bit and was up and walking around,” Ajay said.

The passengers,30-year-old Jeff Server and 35-year-old Melanie Leap, of Monroeville, were lying in the street. The pedicab was mangled and on its side.

Police say a Yellow Cab van driver chased the Buick Regal that left the scene.

Officers arrested 18-year-old Matthew Powdrill of Garfield at the Wendy’s on Baum Boulevard. His eyes appeared to be glassy. He’s in jail.

Those hurt suffered shoulder, neck and arm injuries and were taken to UPMC Mercy Hospital. Since then, all have been released.


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  • No Mercy

    And I bet the drunk behind the wheel was “just getting his life together”.

  • bruceUSA

    Doesn’t “glassy eyed” mean the evil weed?? Or is that an extacy symptom? Betcha his eyes cleared up once those bars slammed home!!!

  • tim

    He is probably out of jail already-thats what the county does to drunks and druggies

  • smelly

    Kid should lose his license and be sentenced to ride a bike around PGH, with a tracking device so that all the other cyclists can find him with their smart phones. Not that I think he should be cornered in a downtown alleyway by four or five couriers and pedicab operators who can kick like horses. I don’t think that at all.

  • Melanie Leap

    This is Melanie the pedi car victim….that truely was horribly insane and very painful! It was a wonderful brilliant night out with my husband until some degenerate ruined all that and probally goin to cause me pain in my body the rest of my life! I also have a 4 yr old to take care of and he jst made it harder since I can’t move the left side of my body since the pedi car landed on it! But thk u all for u comments…bless u all!

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