Woman In Wheelchair Struck By Vehicle In Crosswalk, Driver Facing Charges

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A woman in a wheelchair suffered serious injuries when police say a car ran a stop sign in East Liberty late Thursday afternoon and struck her as she was in a crosswalk.

Police say it happened around 5:45 p.m. at the intersection of Baum Boulevard and S. Beatty Street.

Clint Edelman, 38, from Pittsburgh’s Swisshelm Park neighborhood, was arrested and charged with leaving the scene of an accident and running a stop sign.

Police said Edelman was driving his car when he struck a woman in a motorized wheelchair, who was crossing Baum Boulevard within the “designated crosswalk.”

An 8-year-old child, walking alongside the woman at the time, was not hurt.

According to police, Edelman briefly left the scene after he struck the woman and sent her and the wheelchair airborne, but then returned once police arrived.

Nick Drombosky, who co-manages a building nearby where a security camera caught the moment of impact, didn’t witness the actually accident, but he saw the immediate aftermath.

“The person in the wheelchair was struck, got thrown in the intersection about 20, 30 feet,” said Nick Drombosky. “It’s very clear the guy didn’t… had no sense that he was in an intersection, that he was approaching an intersection. He wasn’t slowing down.”

The woman who was struck was taken to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital where police say she is listed in serious but stable condition.

“It’s insane that people don’t pay attention when they drive, people don’t have any comprehension for the responsibility that they have,” said Drombosky.

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