August 30, 2014 at 11:49 AM
Silverdale Man Charged With Fleeing Scene of Hilltown Accident, Police Say
A Silverdale, Bucks County man has been charged by Hilltown Township Police with leaving the scene of an accident that occurred Friday afternoon on Hilltown Pike near North Valley View Road, police said.
Timothy John Murphy, 21, of the 100 block of West Park Avenue, was arraigned Friday before District Judge Regina Armitage of New Britain Township on charges of accidents involving death or injury, speeding, and driving on the wrong side of the roadway, police said. Murphy was released on $25,000 unsecured bail, police said.
On Friday at 1:30 p.m., police respoinded to Hilltown Pike, north of North Valley View Road, for a report of an accident with injuries. Upon arrival, a witness told police that the driver of one of the vehicles involved in the accident, a black Ford F-150, had allegedly fled the scene, police said. Police said that driver was Murphy.
The witness was able to get the license plate information, police said.
According to police, the witness saw the driver of the F-150 speeding on Hilltown Pike, when the truck suddenly locked up its tires and slid into the southbound lane to avoid the witness's vehicle in front of it, police said.
The Ford then struck a southbound vehicle, which then struck a concrete drainage culvert, police said.
The driver and passenger of the southbound vehicle were trapped and injured, police said.
Murphy stopped briefly and spoke with the injured driver, but then allegedly fled the scene nothbound on Hilltown Pike, police said.
Both injured parties were extricated and taken to Abington Memorial Hospital for treatment, police said.
An investigation determined the license plate of the F-150 was registered to Murphy's residence, police said.
At 3:15 p.m. Friday, police arrived at Murphy's home and found the F-150, police said. Murphy was subsequently arrested without incident, police said.
Hilltown Police were assisted by the New Britain Township Police, Hilltown Fire Company, Colmar Fire Company, Chal-Brit EMS, and Volunteer Medical Services Corps of Lansdale.
Editor's Note: These criminal charges are mere accusations. Each defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.