Wednesday, August 24, 2022

West Penn Township Police Charge Man with Causing and Leaving Scene of Crash

A West Penn Township man has been charged after he fled the scene of a crash he caused earlier this month.

According to Township Police, on Friday, August 5th, 2022, around 5:20pm, officers responded to a 3 car motor vehicle crash in the area of 914 West Penn Pike.

Police say a Ford Explorer being driven by Todd Dailey of Lansford was stopped in the left Southbound lane of West Penn Pike attempting to turn left into a driveway. 

A second vehicle, a Chevrolet Spark, being operated by Victoria Caldwell of Lehighton stopped behind him. 

The 3rd vehicle was a red car that struck the back of Caldwells vehicle pushing her into Dailey's vehicle. The vehicle Caldwell was driving had extensive damage and had to be towed. 

The red car fled the scene but a witness was able to obtain a partial registration for the vehicle.

A partial plate search was conducted and found a matching plate registered to an address approx 1.5 miles from the scene of the crash. A check of that residence by the police located a 2010 Suzuki Kizashi sitting in the parking lot with fresh front end damage.

The owner was identified as Zachary Christman, 19, of West Penn Township. Upon speaking with Christman, he did admit to being the driver in the crash and fleeing.

There were no reported injuries in the crash, 

West Penn Township Police filed charges against Christman for Accidents involving damage to attended vehicle, Failure to give information and render aid, Driving vehicle at safe speed, and Careless Driving.