Bethlehem, PA - After an unnamed 17-year-old driver hit a bicyclist and attempted to flee, his quick apprehension by a city bus driver and another motorist was caught on tape.
Bicyclist Frank Pavlick, 50, was hit Monday afternoon by the teen driver while riding in the northbound lanes of the Fahy Bridge.
“The … guy didn’t even try to pass me,” Pavlick said. “It was an explosion, literally. The tire exploded, the rim exploded.”
Video shows that immediately after the impact, the car driver sped off. Up ahead was a LANTA municipal bus. The bus driver, seeing the accident behind him, maneuvered his vehicle to stop the fleeing driver. A second driver then boxed him in from behind after checking to see if Pavlick was ok.
Bethlehem Police Commissioner Jason Schiffer and Mayor John Callahan honored the two men responsible for detaining the hit-and-run driver. Those men, Richard Gubish Jr., 43, and Jud Smull, 17, were commended for their quick thinking. Pavlick, the rider, expressed his gratitude to both men.
“These guys, I’ve been waiting to meet and say thanks in public and in private,” Pavlick said during remarks.
Pavlick suffered minor injuries in the wreck. This was impressive given the condition of his bike.
The teen – who police say was driving erratically leading up to the crash – was charged with a number of offenses including causing an accident that resulted in an injury and a violation of new state law which commands vehicles to stay 4-foot away from bicycles, that went to effect earlier that same day.
Now, I get the whole share-the-road and bike-rights thing and this bridge did have clearly posted signs giving this biker the right to take up a lane… but watching the video made me wonder why any sane person would have been on that bridge in that traffic on a bike. It looked like he almost got hit about 10 times.
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