Sunday, March 22, 2009

14YO Critically Injured in Hit and Run


By: MATT COUGHLIN The Intelligencer

A 14-year-old boy remains hospitalized with multiple injuries after a pickup truck struck his bicycle in Northampton on Friday and the driver fled, police said. The teen was riding in the area of Temperance Lane at Blue Fox Lane about 5:24 p.m. when the pickup struck him, police said. He was taken to St. Mary Medical Center in Middletown by the Tri-Hampton Rescue Squad and was in critical condition in the ICU Saturday morning, but his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening, authorities said.

The pickup was disabled in the accident and one of the 48-year-old driver's relatives drove to the intersection to support the driver. However, police said the driver got into that car and fled, leaving his relative behind. The 48-year-old man, who lives in the Richboro section of Northampton, was located about 30 minutes later at another relative's home, police said. The man was taken to St. Mary and samples were taken for blood-alcohol testing.

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The juvenile's name has not been released. The driver has not been charged and police said the investigation into the accident is ongoing.

Anyone who saw the crash or has information about events leading up to the accident is asked to
call officers Martin Comyn, Marcus Wigler or Detective Peter Stark at 215-322-6111.

Matt Coughlin can be reached at 215-949-4172 or