PITTSBURGH - Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger did not have a valid motorcycle license when he crashed into a woman’s car last week, and the driver — who will be cited for failing to yield — has received threatening phone calls.
Roethlisberger will be issued $388 in fines and fees for riding without a license and not wearing a helmet, police Collision Investigator Dan Connolly said Monday. Only licensed motorcyclists are allowed to ride bareheaded in Pennsylvania, with certain restrictions.
The Super Bowl champion quarterback rammed his Suzuki Hayabusa into a woman’s Chrysler New Yorker on June 12 when she was making a left turn in front of him. Both had the green light.
Roethlisberger underwent seven hours of surgery to repair broken jaws and other facial bones. Tests showed no brain injuries, although he had a mild concussion; he also lost two teeth and chipped several others.
The woman, who will be cited for failing to yield to oncoming traffic, has received threatening phone calls since the accident, Police Chief Dominic Costa said. She filed a police report and the calls were being investigated.
Roethlisberger was traveling at the speed limit a posted 35 mph zone, but he braked and hit the car at a slower speed, he said, and there were no mechanical problems with either vehicle. Both will be sent summary citations.
To obtain a motorcycle license in Pennsylvania, riders must first get a learner’s permit, which requires a $10 fee, a vision screening and a written test. The permit is valid for one year, during which a road test must be passed to obtain a full motorcycle license.
Only after two years of possessing a valid license is riding without a helmet allowed; that restriction is waived if the rider takes an approved safety course.
Police did not have any contact with Steelers officials during the investigation, Connolly said.