A man crossing a Robesonia street while walking his dog was killed when he was struck by three vehicles, none of which stopped, South Heidelberg Township police said.
Township police, who provide coverage in the borough, found Robert Hatt, 68, and his dog lying in the middle of the eastbound lanes of West Penn Avenue at South Robeson Street about 4:40 a.m. Both were dead, police said.
Police gave this account:
According to a witness who stopped at the scene and video obtained by police, Hatt, who lived nearby, was crossing Penn Avenue from the north side to the south side when he appeared to trip and fall in the crosswalk.
Video shows he was trying to stand up with his dog still attached to a leash. He was then struck by a large straight-body refrigerator box truck with a white cab and advertising printed on the body. The truck did not stop and continued east on Penn Avenue.
A small silver car, described as being low-profile, then ran over Hatt. A third vehicle, believed to be a tanker truck, also drove over him. None of the three vehicles that struck Hatt stopped at the scene.
It is unclear which of the impacts killed him, police said.
The Berks County coroner’s office pronounced Hatt dead at the scene at 5:30 a.m.
The coroner’s office said Hatt died of multiple injuries and a certificate of accidental death has been issued.
The police department’s crash reconstruction team is investigating using video and eyewitness accounts, but none of the three drivers has been identified.
Police are asking anyone who witnessed the incident to contact them at 610-670-9885 or 610-655-4911, or Crime Alert Berks at 877-373-9913. Witnesses can also text Crime Alert Berks County’s anonymous tip line by texting 847411 and starting their message with the word ALERTBERKS + your tip. Crime Alert Berks rewards callers for information that leads to an arrest.
Source: Berkshire mont