Monday, August 04, 2008

Bicyclist Killed on Roosevelt Boulevard - Driver Charged

In what appears to be the first media reported fatality of the year in Philadelphia a bicyclist crossing Roosevelt Blvd at 7th St in Hunting Park was killed early Sunday morning.

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Posted on Mon, Aug. 4, 2008

Driver faces homicide charge in bike accident

Police charged a man with homicide by vehicle and driving under the influence after he struck and killed a bicyclist who was crossing Roosevelt Boulevard in the Hunting Park section of the city shortly before 2 a.m. yesterday (August 3).

Police did not name the suspect, who was in custody. The identity of the victim, a white man in his 40s, had not been determined yesterday.

The accident occurred near the intersection with Seventh Street, as the bicyclist ignored a traffic signal and crossed the busy highway, according to police spokeswoman Tanya Little.

Though the bicyclist had caused the crash, Little said, the driver was tested for alcohol and was found to be driving while under the influence. - Jan Hefler