Saturday, November 19, 2011

Bicyclists Struck and Killed By Out of Control Motorist in Kensington

An unidentified bicyclist was killed in the bike lane on the 1900 Block of East Lehigh Avenue by a driver who struck four other vehicles early Friday evening. After the carnage the motorist tried to get away on foot but was caught and held down by witnesses.

According to CBS 3 the motorist has been charged with DUI and vehicular homicide. The bicyclist was the first fatality in Philadelphia that was reported by the media this year although we have observed over time that only about half of the fatal bike crashes in the City actually make the news.

The CBS 3 video includes a very moving account from witness Nicole Gerner and horrible images of the bike broken into several pieces, indicative of the speed at which the crazed motorist was travelling.

Our condolences to the family of the victim and our thanks go out to the Good Samaritans who tried to help the victim and prevented the offender from getting away.

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UPDATE 11-20-11 - The Offending Drivers has been identified as Brett Truskin, a 22-year-old from Ivyland, Pa. The ID of the victim has still not been released.