PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Sunday afternoon, an ATV was crumpled and crushed under the front bumper of a Ford Escape on Highland Avenue in New Castle.
“Prime example,” Cpl. Christopher Fabian said. “One of them winds up getting hurt – and thank goodness, not killed.”
Troy Wright, 21, was riding his quad west and Moody Avenue.
“Proceeded to run a Stop sign and traveled into the path of vehicle driving northbound on Highland Avenue,” Fabian said.
An 83-year-old woman driving the SUV tried to stop – the road has skid marks.
The ATV driver was ejected from the quad and landed on the road.
“You could tell he had a lot of damage just from the look of things,” said witness Philip Williamson.
Williamson was in the Chapel Jubilee next to where the accident occurred.
“You could tell she was very distressed over it,” he said. “She felt bad about hitting this young boy.”
In April, neighbors in the North Hills section were worried about quad traffic taking shortcuts through residential streets. They were out on their porches taking pictures with cell phones to show police.
“They go places we can’t,” Fabian said.
Fabian admits it’s been frustrating.
“Usually, by the time they dispatch us, we hear them before we see them,” Fabian said. “They’re normally gone by the time we get there.”
Last Thursday, those concerns were behind a proposed ordinance that would ban the riding of all-terrain vehicles and dirt bikes from New Castle city streets.
The ordinance applies to “any self-propelled motorized vehicle used for recreational purposes, including trail and dirt bikes, ATVs, motor scooters, mopeds or snowmobiles.”
Both owners and operators in violation would be fined ranging from $50 to $200 for a first offense. Repeat violators could face even higher fines.
Wright was taken to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Youngstown with serious, but not life-threatening, injuries. He’s listed in stable condition. Charges against him are pending.
Worth noting – the church marquee declares that block a “grace zone.”