Sunday, September 10, 2017

Two Injured and One in Custody After Drunk Driver Hits Pedestrians and Flees the Scene

Two were injured early Sunday morning when a drunk driver struck them and then fled the scene.

On Sunday morning around 2:15 AM, Mahanoy City Police received a dispatch from the Schuylkill County Communications Center requesting Police response to the 1100 block of East Mahanoy Street for a reported motor vehicle accident with two struck pedestrians.

When police arrived at the scene they found a Hyundai sedan parked at the intersection of Tenth and East Mahanoy with heavy damage to the front passenger side, along with a crack in the windshield.

The two pedestrians who were struck were found near the vehicle were identified as Rachel Hillman, 19, and a 17 year old.

Two pedestrians reported to police that they were standing next to a jeep talking to friend when the Hyundai sedan traveling west on East Mahanoy at a high rate of speed, struck both of them including the jeep.

The driver of the Hyundai then attempted to drive away but became disabled.  The driver, who smelled of alcohol, then fled the scene after being approached by witnesses.

Two other females, identified as Lori Green and Amanda Mooney were also in the suspect vehicle at the time.

Green and Mooney who emanated a strong odor of alcoholic at first said that they did not know who had been operating the vehicle, but Green then admitted that her brother Francis Green, 33, of Mahanoy City had been driving the vehicle which struck the two pedestrians and then fled the area on foot.

When police arrived at Green's home, at 334 West Centre Street, in attempt to locate the suspect, Green fled out a second floor window onto the roof of the home.

Green was taken into custody after a brief struggle.

After Green was taken into custody he was found with a multi colored glass pipe with burnt residue. He also matched the description given by witnesses at the scene. He also smelled of alcohol and spoke with slurred speech.

Green was taken to an area hospital for testing and later charged with aggravated assault by vehicle while driving under the influence and other drug charges and arraigned by on call Magisterial District Judge Anthony J. Kilker, Shenandoah.

Green was committed to Schuylkill County Prison unable to post $25,000 straight cash bail.

The two pedestrians were taken to Shenandoah where they were flown to area hospitals for their injuries.

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