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Bicyclist hits man marching in Columbus Day Parade

| Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, 12:15 p.m.
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Paramedics and police tend to a man who was injured when a bicyclist ignored the barricades and rode onto a closed parade route on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, along Liberty Avenue in Bloomfield. Witnesses say the cyclist went through the barricades and proceeded along the Columbus Day parade route where he ran into the man who was passing out leaflets to parade watchers. He was taken by ambulance to UPMC Presbyterian in Oakland.
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A cyclist recovers after a man was injured when the cyclist ignored police barricades and rode onto a closed parade route along Liberty Avenue in Bloomfield on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. Witnesses say the cyclist went through the barricades and proceeded along the Columbus Day parade route where he ran into the man who was passing out leaflets to parade watchers. He was taken by ambulance to UPMC Presbyterian in Oakland.
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A bicycle and a basket of flowers remain after a man was injured when a bicyclist ignored police barricades and rode onto a closed parade route along Liberty Avenue in Bloomfield on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. Witnesses say the cyclist went through the barricades and proceeded along the Columbus Day parade route where he ran into the man who was passing out leaflets to parade watchers. He was taken by ambulance to UPMC Presbyterian in Oakland.
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Zoe Zottola, 19 months, wears the crown of 'Little Miss Spigno' as she marches with dancers with the Spigno Saturnia Society on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, on Liberty Avenue during the Columbus Day Parade in Bloomfield.
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Members of the Recruiters for God Dance Ministry perform on Liberty Avenue during the Columbus Day Parade on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, in Bloomfield.
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Rosalia Pampena (left) and Josephine Stagno, 90, trade kisses during a performance by the Spigno Saturnia Society on Liberty Avenue during the Columbus Day Parade on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, in Bloomfield. Stagno was secretary with the group for 70 years.
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Ann Chaumette of East Liberty and members of the Caribbean Vibes Steel Band perform along Liberty Avenue during the Columbus Day Parade on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, in Bloomfield.
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Rosalia Pampena and other dancers with the Spigno Saturnia Society perform on Liberty Avenue during the Columbus Day Parade on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, in Bloomfield.
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Ann Chaumette of East Liberty and members of the Caribbean Vibes Steel Band perform along Liberty Avenue during the Columbus Day Parade on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, in Bloomfield.
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Bella, a chihuahua, wears her parade best as she and owner Anita Ricci of Bloomfield sit along Liberty Avenue during the Columbus Day Parade on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, in Bloomfield.
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Dancers with Latina Productions perfrom along Liberty Avenue during the Columbus Day Parade on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, in Bloomfield.
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Members of the Steel City Angels perform on Liberty Avenue during the Columbus Day Parade on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, in Bloomfield.
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A cyclist recovers after an man was injured when the cyclist ignored police barricades and rode onto a closed parade route along Liberty Avenue in Bloomfield on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. Witnesses say the cyclist went through the barricades and proceeded along the Columbus Day parade route where he ran into the man who was passing out leaflets to parade watchers. He was taken by ambulance to UPMC Presbyterian in Oakland.
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Dancers with the Spigno Saturnia Society perform on Liberty Avenue during the Columbus Day Parade on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, in Bloomfield.
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Dancers with the Spigno Saturnia Society perform on Liberty Avenue during the Columbus Day Parade on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, in Bloomfield.
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Dave James of Plum and his grandson, Blake Otlano, 3, sit along Liberty Avenue watching the Columbus Day Parade on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, in Bloomfield. This was Blake's first parade.
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Fekens Dusch, 14, leaps over Will Luetkehans, 13, as they and others with Pittsburgh Heat Dance perform on Liberty Avenue during the Columbus Day Parade on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, in Bloomfield.
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Emily Lowen, 10, of Mt. Lebanon and her doll, Mercedes, march along Liberty Avenue during the Columbus Day Parade on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, in Bloomfield.

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 tlarussa@tribweb.com.

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