Police investigate whether CDTA bus struck bicyclist and kept going

Posted at: 10/06/2013 1:13 AM | Updated at: 10/06/2013 1:21 AM
By: Steve Flamisch

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ALBANY -- Police are investigating whether a CDTA bus driver unknowingly struck an elderly bicyclist Saturday on the University at Albany's uptown campus.

The accident happened just before 6:00 p.m. in the right exit lane leading from University Dr. to Western Ave., UAlbany spokesman Karl Luntta told NewsChannel 13.

The victim -- an elderly man whose name was not released -- was rushed to Albany Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries, Luntta said. The victim was not affiliated with the campus, but he was known to bicycle frequently in that area.

A police official with knowledge of what happened told NewsChannel 13 a CDTA bus may have hit the bicyclist and kept going, the bus driver apparently unaware of the accident. A CDTA supervisor and another employee were seen talking with investigators.

Within an hour of the accident, the first of two CDTA busses pulled over on Western Ave. to be examined for damage. The CDTA supervisor and university police officers questioned the driver for several minutes. Soon, that bus pulled away.

The investigators spent considerably more time questioning the second bus driver. That bus eventually left the scene with the CDTA supervisor's vehicle leading the way, and university police following behind.

Late Saturday, UAlbany's Luntta and CDTA spokesman Jonathan Scherzer said investigators were still working to determine whether the bus was actually involved in the accident. Luntta said it was not being treated as a criminal investigation, and that the driver had not been ticketed.

Paul Santamaria, who lives across the street from the accident scene, told NewsChannel 13 he was shocked by what happened. Santamaria said he has seen the victim bicycling in that area for decades.

"I've seen him ever since I was a teenager, which is going back to the mid-70s," he said. "To hear that this happened, it just kind of breaks my heart." 



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