6 ABC reports that a 70 year old man has died in a crash with a motorist in an SUV on the 5000 Block of Umbria St in Roxborough. Umbria St is the unofficial on-road alternate route for the Schuylkill River Trail and has bike lanes.
A cyclist who came upon the scene minutes after the accident asked eyewitnesses what happened and as it was described to him the cyclist "was drinking from his water bottle, and turning into the road at the crest of the hill" and was hit by the eastbound motorist. Tow truck operators who were on the scene before rescue stated that it was the third bike crash on Umbria this summer.
The witness notes that the victim may not have been wearing a helmet, but it's not known if head trauma was a factor, or if wearing a helmet would have resulted in a different outcome. Twice this summer bicyclists wearing helmets were killed by vehicles, in both cases the motorists were traveling in the 45+ mph range.
The speed of the striking vehicle is not known, but the driver did stop. Anecdotal observation of this stretch of Umbria suggests that motorists routinely exceed the 25 mph speed limit.
Followup: The victim has been identified as Steven Chasetz, 64 of Plymouth Meeting. The Bicycle Coalition wishes to express its condolences to the family.
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