PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Police are investigating a hit-and-run crash that left a man in critical condition in Pittsburgh’s Shadyside neighborhood.
According to police, officers were dispatched to calls of a pedestrian being hit by a vehicle at the intersection of South Aiken and Walnut Street just before 12:30 a.m.
When officers arrived at the scene, they found a man who was bleeding from the head. He was taken to the hospital and was last listed in critical condition.
The driver of the vehicle involved in the crash fled the scene, according to police.
It was a sign of relief for Shadyside residents when pedestrian signals were added to South Aiken Avenue and Walnut Street a year ago. They say drivers would often speed through the intersection.
“It was a concern to us here at the chamber and the neighborhood,” said Richard Rattner, the Shadyside Chamber of Commerce president. “We had the signs put in, and I believe it was about a half-million dollars for the city to refurbish this corner.”
Rattner was hopeful that would prevent any more “close calls” from happening.
“Unfortunately, the system didn’t work,” he said.
Police are asking for the public’s help in locating the vehicle involved.
The vehicle is described as a dark-colored 2019 Honda HR-V SUV with Pennsylvania license plate LDH-2686 and is expected to have damage to the windshield.
“Anytime you have an injury or accident like this, it’s always concerning to the neighborhood as well as to just yourself as a person,” said Rattner.
“Nobody stops at stop signs,” said Jim Sheets, who lives in Shadyside. “People start blowing the horn when I’m out there in the middle of the crosswalk. People run the red lights.”
Sheets says he’s run into many problems trying to cross safely. Sheets and Rattner both believe more enforcement is needed.
“There’s going to be a lot more hit-and-runs if the police don’t start getting on the ball and really find these people that go through red lights,” said Sheets.
“More police officers. We have the cameras, we have all that type of stuff going on,” said Rattner. “So we just need the people to follow the laws as well as enforcement by the city.”
Rattner says that means getting drivers to slow down and pay better attention.
Police say their investigation is ongoing.