Boy strufk by hit-and-run driver

Public Spirit - - FRONT PAGE - By Thomas Celona

tcelona@mont­gomerynews.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.

3RlLFH Dr­rLYHG Rn VFHnH WR finG WhH boy ly­ing on his back on the north­bound shoul­der of Bethlehem Pike, po­lice said.

7hH ERy wDV flRwn IrRP WhH scene by Pen­nS­tar he­li­copter to The Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal of Philadel­phia for treat­ment of his in­juries, po­lice said. As of Wed­nes­day morn­ing, the hospi­tal was re­port­ing the boy was be­ing treated for non-life-threat­en­ing in­juries, po­lice said.

“:H GLG hDYH fiYH wLWnHVVHV whR ei­ther saw the ac­ci­dent or saw the ve­hi­cle drive away and got the li­cense of the ve­hi­cle,” Scholly said.

From wit­ness in­for­ma­tion, po­lice were able to iden­tify the driver of the ve­hi­cle and ap­pre­hended him later that evening, po­lice said.

As of Wed­nes­day morn­ing, no FhDrJHV hDG EHHn filHG, VR SRlLFH were not re­leas­ing the man’s name, Scholly said. Po­lice, how­ever, did iden­tify him as a 47-year-old res­i­dent of the 6600 block of Mon­teque Street, Philadel­phia.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on­go­ing, po­lice said.

Mem­bers of the Mont­gomery CRunWy DLVWrLFW $WWRrnHy’V 2IfiFH are cur­rently work­ing to re­con­struct the ac­ci­dent scene, but speed does not ap­pear to be a fac­tor, ac­cord­ing to Scholly.

“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.

The ac­ci­dent caused Bethlehem 3LNH WR EH VhuW GRwn WR WrDI­fiF IRr ap­prox­i­mately four hours fol­low­ing the ac­ci­dent be­tween Moore Drive and where it meets up with Route 309, ac­cord­ing to Scholly.

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