Cyclist Lucky to be Alive

Bike rider struck by teen driver on a Bethlehem bridge

By Shelley Laurence and Doug Shimell
|  Wednesday, Apr 4, 2012  |  Updated 7:46 PM EDT
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Frank Pavlick was riding his bike on the Fahy Bridge in Bethlehem when he was struck by a car. The driver allegedly tried to get away, but with the help of another motorist and a bus driver he was caught. NBC10's Doug Shimell shares the story.

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Frank Pavlick was riding his bike on the Fahy Bridge in Bethlehem when he was struck by a car. The driver allegedly tried to get away, but with the help of another motorist and a bus driver he was caught. NBC10's Doug Shimell shares the story.

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A cyclist escaped serious injury Monday, after he was hit by a car on the Fahy Bridge in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Police said a car with a 17-year old behind the wheel, was trying to pass a bus. But when the bus changed lanes to pass Frank Pavlick, the young driver didn’t see him.

“This driver aggressively changed lanes into the right lane, again trying to pass the bus and encountered and struck the cyclist from behind” said Bethlehem police commissioner Jason Schiffer.

Pavlick was stunned.

“The next thing I know, there was a deafening explosion and that was my rear tire and rear wheel exploding into pieces” he said. “I was enraged and he immediately floored it and tried to get away. I implored the driver behind him to go get him and get the license plate.”

Investigators say the bus driver saw the hit and run and used his bus to block both lanes, trapping the suspect.  He’s not only charged in the hit and run,  he’s also one of the first people charged under a new law that mandates drivers give cyclists a four-foot buffer zone.

"I think it’s a burden for him to carry.  I think he’s very lucky that he doesn’t have to go through a long life knowing he killed somebody” said Pavlick.

 

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