Police release more details about Oil City pedestrian crash

From staff reports

Oil City police have released additional information about a crash Saturday on the East End in which a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle.

Police said a 26-year-old Oil City man was hit by the vehicle as he and an Oil City woman tried to cross East Second Street in the area of the 1100 block near the Villa Italia at about 2:45 p.m.

The man was hit by the front corner of the vehicle, and the impact knocked him down, police said.

The driver of the vehicle, a 46-year-old Franklin man whose name hasn’t been released by police, said he swerved his vehicle into the center lane of the road and hit the brakes in an unsuccessful attempt to avoid hitting the man, police said.

Police added that witnesses to the crash, the woman who was running across the road with the man and marks on the road all confirmed what the driver had said about trying to avoid the collision.

The pedestrian was transported to UPMC Northwest, and from there he was flown by LifeFlight to Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh for treatment of his injuries, police said.

East Second Street was closed for a short period of time, and Seneca volunteer firefighters assisted with traffic control, police said.

Oil City Fire Department and Community Ambulance Service were also on the scene.