Police: Flip-flops led to fatal collision

June 11, 2010 at 3:55 PM
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DORSEYVILLE, Pa., June 11 (UPI) -- Pennsylvania police said the teenage driver of a truck that struck and killed a bicyclist was distracted by untangling his flip-flops from the vehicle's pedals.

Allegheny County homicide investigators said the 17-year-old boy, whose name was not released, was driving near Dorseyville on his way to Fox Chapel Area High School in a pickup truck May 27 when his flip-flops became tangled in the floor pedals, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Friday.

The truck struck cyclist Donald Parker, 52, of Hampton from the rear while the teenager was trying to untangle his feet from the pedals.

"The flip-flops caused a momentary distraction that took (the driver) to the berm, and he struck the bicyclist," county police Lt. William Palmer said.

The District Attorney's office said the incident is under review for possible charges.

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