SANATOGA PA – A “rather in-depth investigation” into the Nov. 12 (2012) accidental death of a popular Pottsgrove High School teen, who was struck by a vehicle on East High Street as he walked home from his girlfriend’s house, is continuing under the Lower Pottsgrove Police Department, the Montgomery County Detective Bureau, and the county District Attorney’s office, township Police Chief Michael Foltz said Monday night (Dec. 3, 2012).
The Nov. 12 accident occurred at East High Street and Sunnyside Avenue in Sanatoga
Foltz’s report on the investigation, during the Board of Commissioners’ meeting, was accompanied by at least one local resident’s call to install a crossing walk at East High and Sunnyside Avenue, the intersection near which 16-year-old Tim Paciello was killed. Former Commissioners’ President Tom Troutman urged his successors to “put in some method of controlling” pedestrian traffic across the busy highway there.
“There are people walking around there all the time,” Troutman said, and too often they are dressed in dark clothing and can’t be readily seen, he added. He suggested the board consider putting in a crosswalk that requires drivers to stop their vehicles and give pedestrians the right of way when using it.
“Maybe we can keep someone else from getting killed,” Troutman said.
A crosswalk installation would be subject to Pennsylvania Department of Transportation approval, he acknowledged, because East High is a state road. Commissioners directed township Manager Rodney Hawthorne to explore the suggestion with PennDOT.
It wasn’t the only potential solution discussed. If PennDOT declines, Commissioner Stephen Klotz noted, the township might at least erect signs at the intersection that point pedestrians to existing crosswalks less than a block away in either direction on East High.
Township Ofcs. Matthew Meitzler and Daniel Kienle were pursuing the investigation for the department, according to Foltz, who told the board it would be concluded “with a resolution in the next few weeks.” The department incurred 12-1/2 hours of overtime costs attributable to the investigation, the chief’s monthly written report to commissioners indicated.
A Collegeville PA woman was driving a pickup truck westbound on East High when it struck Paciello at about the center of the road. Police described her as cooperative during the initial investigation, and she willing submitted blood for chemical analysis, they said.
Related (to the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners’ meeting of Dec. 3):
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