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Bicyclist hits man marching in Columbus Day Parade

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By Tony LaRussa

Published: Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, 12:15 p.m.

Pittsburgh's 28th annual Columbus Day Parade in Bloomfield came to a standstill for a short time on Saturday morning when a cyclist riding along the closed parade route struck a man who was marching in the parade, according to authorities.

Giovanni Cimino, 56, of Green Tree was knocked to the ground as he was handing out fliers for the Calabria Club of Pittsburgh's upcoming Christmas party and Breakfast with Santa events, according to a club member.

The accident occurred shortly before noon on Liberty Avenue in front of West Penn Hospital between South Mathilda Street and South Millvale Avenue.

Cimino was knocked unconscious but was revived before being transported to UPMC Presbyterian in Oakland with a head injury, said Zone 5 police Cmdr. Timothy O'Connor.

Cimino's wife, Karen, said her husband will be kept in the hospital until Monday.

“He had to get some stitches, and he's still confused,” she said several hours after the incident while at her husband's bedside. “They're going to keep him overnight so they can do some tests, but I believe he's going to be all right.”

Karen Cimino and her daughter were handing out flowers along the parade route while her husband and son distributed the fliers.

The cyclist, whose name has not been released, was traveling outbound in a designated bicycle lane when the accident occurred. However, unauthorized vehicles, including bicycles, were not permitted on the parade route, O'Connor said.

Pittsburgh paramedics treated the cyclist at the scene for facial injuries and a possible concussion while they waited for an ambulance to transport him to the hospital.

“There will be charges filed against the cyclist, but we won't know the extent of those charges until after the investigation has been completed,” said O'Connor, adding that the degree of injuries the victim suffered will be a factor.

Tony LaRussa is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7987 or




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