Motorcycle crash sends passenger to Pittsburgh hospital

LACROFT — One person was flown by helicopter to a Pittsburgh hospital Saturday evening following a motorcycle crash on state Route 267.

According to Liverpool Township Patrolman Justin Watkins, Melissa Sarge, McKinnon Avenue, was a passenger on a motorcycle driven by Tom Busby, same address, when it crashed while northbound on state Route 267.

Busby suffered minor scrapes and bruises and declined medical treatment, while Sarge was flown from the Dixonville fire station by Stat MedEvac.

Initial reports indicated the crash was the result of a hit and run driver, but Watkins and Chief Jayson Jackson both said Saturday night that investigation showed that was not the case.

Watkins said Sabrina Peddicord, Lisbon Street, was stationary in her vehicle at the stop sign on Westfield Road, prepared to pull onto state Route 267 when she saw Busby’s motorcycle skidding and on its side before it reached her.

“He came around the bend and thought she was going to pull out and over-corrected. He said she hit his front tire, but investigation showed that’s not what happened. There was no contact between the bike and her vehicle,” Watkins reported.

He said there were skid marks from the bike’s tires 20 feet before it reached Westfield Road, where Peddicord’s vehicle was sitting.

The notion that the accident was a hit and run came from a misunderstanding when a firefighter at the scene told Peddicord she could leave, Watkins said, adding the firefighter knew who she was and they knew the car, so she was able to be located.

The motorcycle was not seriously damaged, according to Watkins, who said it was removed from the scene by First Class Towing.

No charges will be filed, Watkins said.

Liverpool Township firefighters responded for medical assistance and traffic control

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