On Thursday, July 10, a man who was sitting on the trunk of his 1988 Chevrolet Cutlass was thrown off the car and onto the Route 28 roadway when struck by an SUV. According to state police, he had pulled over to the side of the road to wait for help to change a flat tire. The accident occurred near the Bailies Run Road overpass. Several witnesses stopped their vehicles to assist the unconscious man who was airlifted by medical helicopter to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital.
The driver of the SUV was cited for careless driving. She had two passengers, a 5-year-old boy and a 1-year-old girl. A witness stated that the SUV entered the expressway near Exit 13 and only drove for a quarter of a mile before swerving into the guardrail and onto the berm where the Cutlass was parked. The witness stayed with the distraught driver of the SUV until her family arrived.
The southbound lanes of Route 28 were closed for five and a half hours while state police and other agencies investigated the crash. Vehicles between the Tarentum interchange and the crash scene were diverted off the expressway and advised to use Murrayhill Road to return to the expressway.
Crash scene investigators will probably focus on the driver of the SUV to determine the cause of the accident and whether she was a distracted driver, if a mechanical malfunction of her vehicle was a contributing factor or if a medical condition affected her judgment. She has already been cited for careless driving. In a case resembling this one, a victim could have a strong case for an award of financial compensation, and an attorney would be able to explain legal procedures and the best means to present a case.
Source: Trib Live, "Route 28 accident victim in critical condition; expressway reopened after 5.5 hours ", Brian C. Rittmeyer, Liz Hayes and Tom Yerace Read, July 10, 2014