PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Police in Mount Lebanon are investigating after a pedestrian was struck and injured by a hit-and-run driver.
It’s now happened twice in one month in an area that touts itself as a walking community. Police have caught one man and are now searching for the other driver.
The 42-year-old woman who was hit Thursday afternoon remains at UPMC Mercy Hospital with serious injuries to her torso after the hit-and-run driver slammed into her from behind.
It happened around 5 p.m. in the 900-block of McNeilly Road.
The driver of a 2006-2007 light-colored Chevy Cobalt hit the woman who was walking on the side of the road. They then left the scene.
The hit-and-run took place right across from Seton-La Salle High School.
Anthony Capretto is a student there and walks the road daily.
“The area right here, it’s not super terrible, people usually aren’t that close to you most of the time,” Capretto said. “I’ve never heard of anyone getting hit here before. That’s the thing, usually cars see you.”
Mount Lebanon Police say they’re hoping the driver of the Cobalt, with a broken-off passenger-side mirror and a damaged headlight, turns themselves in.
Police are reviewing surveillance footage from local businesses to find the driver.
Thursday’s hit and run follows one in Mount Lebanon just a few weeks ago on Washington Road where a woman was seriously injured there. A week later, police arrested 49-year-old Anthony Flores.
“It is a walking community, we advertise it as such, but it doesn’t relieve either the drivers or the pedestrians of their duties to be careful when they’re near a roadway,” Mount Lebanon Police Chief Coleman McDonough said. “It’s simple physics, the machine is 3,000 pounds and a human can’t withstand that kind of an impact.”
The 42-year-old woman is expected to survive. She was alert when she was taken to Mercy Hospital.
Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact Mount Lebanon Police at 412-440-2044.
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