Reynoldsville Man Faces Charges in Hit and Run Accident; Woman Injured

Police sirenREYNOLDSVILLE, Pa. (EYT) – A Reynoldsville man is accused of a hit and run accident involving an injury that occurred on East Main Street, in the Borough of Reynoldsville.

According to court documents, the Reynoldsville Borough Police Department filed criminal charges against 49-year-old William John Piotrowski, of Reynoldsville.

According to a criminal complaint, around 7:05 p.m. on November 3, Jefferson County 911 Dispatch Center alerted the Reynoldsville Borough Police of a hit and run accident that occurred on East Main Street, in front of the St. Marys Catholic Church.

The victim stated that she was waiting in her vehicle for her daughter to come out of the Reynoldsville Presbyterian Church, which was across from St. Marys, and a dark-colored older style mini-van struck her vehicle. The vehicle then made a left onto Seventh Street and disappeared, the complaint indicates.

The vehicle received moderate damage to the driver’s side quarter panels. The driver’s side mirror was also broken. The victim “complained of neck pains. The vehicle struck the victim’s vehicle so hard that she believes that she may have whiplash,” the complaint states.

The mini-van was located at 1112 Grant Street, and there was fresh damage to the right side of its quarter panels.

Police interviewed William J. Piotrowski – the occupant of the residence at 1112 Grant Street. He told police that “he had a few drinks tonight,” the complaint states.

Piotrowski allegedly stated that he remembered hitting the parked vehicle, and “the reason that he did not stop was that his vehicle was not damaged and he didn’t think the other vehicle was damaged.” When advised that someone was inside the parked vehicle, “Piotrowski did not believe police,” according to the complaint.

When Piotrowski was advised that charges would be filed from the accident, he “did not believe that he did anything wrong,” the complaint indicates.

The following charges were filed against Piotrowski in District Judge David B. Inzana’s office:

  • Accidents Involving Death or Personal Injury, Misdemeanor 1
  • Reckless Driving, Summary
  • Careless Driving, Summary
  • Driving Unregistered Vehicle, Summary
  • Disregard Traffic Lane (Single), Summary
  • Fail to Notify Police Depart of Accident, Summary
  • Fail Stop and Give Information Render Aid, Summary

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on December 8, with Judge Inzana presiding.

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