Bike crash kills Cranberry man
Butler Eagle
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July 1, 2009

ZELIENOPLE — Funeral services will be held here today for a 52-year-old Cranberry Township man who died doing what he loved — riding a bike.

Stanley M. Pittavino was on his 10-speed June 24 when he fell off the bicycle in Cranberry Township and hit his head, authorities said. He died two days later at a Pittsburgh hospital.

"It was just a very freak accident, said Cranberry Police Lt. Kevin Meyer.

Police said Pittavino was riding his bike in the former Reed Mobile Home Park on York Road shortly after 2 p.m. and apparently hit a speed bump.

"We don't know how fast he was going," Meyer said, "but he lost control of his bike and wiped out. He hit the ground and had pretty extensive injuries to his head and face."

A resident heard the crash and called 911. Cranberry Ambulance assisted police at the scene. Pittavino apparently was unconscious when taken to UPMC Passavant Cranberry.

He later was flown by medical helicopter to UPMC-Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, where he was pronounced dead at 9:17 p.m. Friday, according to the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office.

The cause of death is listed as massive head injuries suffered in the bicycle accident.

"We don't know why he was riding in the mobile home park, but it's not surprising that he would be out on his bike," Meyer said. "His family and friends said he was a bicycling enthusiast."

The accident happened just three miles from Pittavino's home, where he lived with his wife and three sons.

Funeral services are scheduled at 11 a.m. at St. Gregory Roman Catholic Church on West Beaver Street, Zelienople.