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Speed under investigaton in fatal car-bike crash near Sewickley Bridge

Monday, July 22, 2013, 11:06 p.m.
 

Moon police are trying to determine if speed played a factor in a car-bike collision that killed a 17-year-old girl last weekend, an official said.

Police are reconstructing the scene using physical evidence, information from the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office and interviews with five witnesses to the accident on Saturday near the Sewickley Bridge and University Boulevard, Moon police Capt. Gregory Seamon said on Monday.

“We'll put a packet together and present it to the (Allegheny County District Attorney's) Office to see if there's any violation of any laws,” said Seamon, who said there were no traffic cameras at the intersection.

A preliminary investigation shows that about 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Emily Jancart was riding a bicycle on the sidewalk on Sewickley Bridge, then entered the intersection with University Boulevard.

It appears that Jancart made a left turn from the bridge across all lanes into the far right lane of southbound University Boulevard, in front of a 27-year-old man from Findlay who had just driven through a green light, Seamon said.

The driver hit Jancart's bike just past the intersection, Seamon said. The speed limit there is 45 mph.

Jancart was taken by ambulance to Allegheny General Hospital in the North Side. She was pronounced dead at 3:58 a.m. Sunday, Moon police said.

Jancart died of head trauma, the medical examiner's office said. Police said they do not believe she was wearing a helmet.

Police are not disclosing the name of the driver, who immediately pulled over after hitting Jancart, Seamon said.

“He's being very cooperative, and it is still under investigation,” Seamon said.

The driver showed no signs of impairment, so he was not given sobriety tests, Seamon said.

Visitation for Jancart will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday in Copeland Funeral Home, 981 Brodhead Road in Moon. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday in St. Margaret Mary Church in Moon. Burial in Sewickley Cemetery will follow.

Tory N. Parrish is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-380-5662 or tparrish@tribweb.com.

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