Boy strufk by hit-and-run driver
email@example.com An 11-year-old boy was struck by a hit-and-run driver as he rode his bicycle along Bethlehem Pike in Lower Gwynedd Tuesday evening.
Lower Gwynedd Township police responded to a report of an accident on Bethlehem Pike near Cedar Hill Road at 5:30 p.m., according to a press release from police.
A 1998 maroon Ford contour traveling northbound on Bethlehem Pike crossed over onto the right shoulder, striking the boy on his bicycle, according to police Chief John Scholly.
“The driver had crossed over the white line that goes along the side of the highway,” Scholly said, noting police are unsure at this point why the driver did so.
After striking the boy, the driver drove off, dragging the bicycle underneath the car for “the equivalent of about two or three blocks,” Scholly said.
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From witness information, police were able to identify the driver of the vehicle and apprehended him later that evening, police said.
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The investigation is ongoing, police said.
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“From the witnesses, it didn’t appear speed was necessarily a factor at all,” he said.
Police were assisted at the scene by the Wissahickon Fire Company, Ambler Ambulance and the Montgomery County Detective Bureau.
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