Driver who Struck and Killed Vietnam Vet Charged for Fleeing the Scene of a Crash
NORRISTOWN, PA- 6abc.com writes that police arrested a driver for fatally striking a Vietnam Veteran in a tragic accident earlier this week. The driver, a 31-year-old man, hit the victim in Norristown, Pennsylvania and then fled the scene.*
Detectives stated that the driver was speeding when he hit the veteran who was getting out of his parked vehicle. The suspect then drove away from the scene at a high rate of speed. Police arrived at the crash location in a matter of minutes and rushed the injured man to the hospital. The victim died from his injuries a short time later.
Reports indicate that the driver admitted to consuming around seven or eight beers at a bar prior to the incident and said that he was drunk when he hit the victim. The suspect also does not have a valid driver’s license.
The victim was a Marine who fought in Vietnam. His family did not know where to find a uniform for the veteran's funeral. A VFW Post in Conshohocken reported the incident on Facebook, and donors came through providing the entire Marine Corps uniform to the family. The victim's sister told reporters that her family has been overwhelmed by the kindness they received from the community.
The suspect is facing multiple charges. Bond was set for $200,000, and he is currently being held at the Montgomery County Correctional Center.
Fleeing the scene of an accident is a crime. In South Carolina, leaving the scene of a crash that caused severe injuries or death is considered a felony. Drivers who commit this offense face years of prison time.
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