Hit and Run Reported on Route 36, Charges Pending

State PoliceBELL TWP., Pa. (EYT) – Punxsutawney-based State Police say around 10:40 p.m. on September 16, a hit and run accident occurred on State Route 36, at its intersection with Elderberry Hill Road, in Bell Township, Jefferson County.

According to police, 41-year-old Michael S. Bernd, of Cherry Tree, and 21-year-old Brianna M. Wasiw, of Mahaffey, were involved in the collision.

Police say Bernd was traveling north on SR 36 in a 2002 Nissan Sentra, and Wasiw was stopped just north of the vehicle in a 2011 Nissan Juke. The Juke’s left turn signal was activated to turn onto Elderberry Hill Road.

Bernd failed to stop, and his Sentra impacted the rear end of the Juke, according to police.

The Sentra’s final resting position was off the northbound berm on the east side of the roadway, facing north. The Juke’s final resting position was off the northbound berm on the east side of the roadway, also facing north, police say.

According to police, Bernd fled the scene on foot prior to their arrival.

Trooper Demarco, Elk Run Fire Departments, and Punxsutawney EMS assisted at the scene.

Wasiw was not injured; she was using a seat belt, police say.

It is unknown if Bernd suffered injuries, police say.

The Sentra was towed from the scene, and the Juke sustained minor damage and was operable, according to police.

Charges are pending against Bernd, police say.

The above report was released to exploreJeffersonpa.com on September 20, 2015.

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