A Butler County man arrested Tuesday evening after police said he struck a bicyclist with his car in Highland Park was arraigned this morning.
According to a Pittsburgh police criminal complaint, Mark McCloskey, 26, of Valencia, seriously injured the bicyclist before driving away. Mr. McCloskey is charged with an accident causing death or personal injury, a felony. He also faces a misdemeanor count of an accident involving damage and a summary offense, reckless driving.
In the criminal complaint, police said they went to North Euclid and Bunker Hill streets after witnesses reported that a man driving a Dodge Stratus had stuck a cyclist in front of 1462 North Euclid Ave.
The cyclist, David C. Wood, was found on the sidewalk with lacerations to his head. He was taken to UPMC Presbyterian, where he was listed in serious condition with a fractured vertabrae in his neck and cuts on his head that required stitches.
Mr. Wood is a professor emeritus of neuroscience at the University of Pittsburgh. He retired from the school in 2007 after working there for 38 years, but continued to teach classes part-time.
The witnesses said the man behind the wheel of the car had been driving erratically and had also struck a stop sign at North Euclid Avenue and Bunker Hill Street, where he drove away without stopping.
A short time later, at 7:25 p.m., a car matching the description witnesses gave crashed at Butler and Chislett streets. The witnesses were taken to the scene of the crash and confirmed to police that it was the same car that struck Mr. Wood.
Mr. McCloskey was taken for a drug evaluation but police do not believe he was under the influence.
He remained in the Allegheny County Jail this morning with his bail set at $25,000. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Sept. 11 at 12:30 p.m.