|Cyclist Frank Pavlick, Jud Smull and Richard Gubish|
Callahan, along with Police Commissioner Jason Schiffer, honored two citizens who helped veteran Officer Wade Haubert apprehend a hit-and-run juvenile driver, who had just rammed into the rear of a bicycle being ridden across the Fahy bridge by Frank Pavlick on April 2.
|LANTA bus driver Richard Gubish with proud parents|
At the same time, Liberty High School Senior and class valedictorian Judson Smull, was on his way to Lehigh after track practice. He stopping to help Pavlick, who urged him to get the license plate of the offending vehicle.
Pavlick suffered minor injuries, although he said they don't feel so minor a few days later.
|LHS Senior Jud Smull, with mom and dad|
Haubert also charged the hit-and-run driver with failure to use signals, and fleeing an accident that involved bodily injury.
"This is a bike friendly community," Mayor Callahan said, stressing that "there are people out there every day," riding their bikes to work. In addition to commending Gubish and Smull, the Mayor reminded everyone that "we need to share the road."
There is a shared bicycle lane on the Fahy bridge, where the accident occurred, marked with chevrons. A video of the accident, captured by the City's wireless camera system, has been posted on YouTube by Bethlehem police.
After awarding Gubish and Smull with proclamations, Callahan joked with Smull not to let this go to his head and lose his valedictorian status. Smull will matriculate with Lehigh University this Fall.
In addition to driving a LANTA bus, you might find Gubish delivering pizzas. His family operates the Little Caesar's pizza franchise on Eastn Avenue, north of Liberty High School.