SANATOGA PA – When law enforcers say they could use public help in solving a crime, it’s a recognition that many sets of eyes are better than just a few. That’s been proven again by the Lower Pottsgrove Police Department; it announced Saturday (Feb. 1, 2014) the arrest of a person sought following a three-vehicle accident in Sanatoga, in which one driver was injured.
William Pendergrass of Philadelphia has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving injuries or death, leaving the scene of an accident involving property damage, failing to provide information or render aid on an accident scene, and driving while suspended after police alleged he admitted to being involved in a Jan. 22 crash at the corner of East High Street and Sunnybrook Road.
A Jan. 28 tip to police from the reader of a news story about the accident paid off in leading Ofc. James Kenney to Pendergrass, he reported.
When the accident occurred, police told the media witnesses said it had been caused by the driver of a van distinctively painted with a dark-colored top half, and white-colored bottom half. The van driver failed to stop at the intersection in time, which caused it to hit a car in front of it, and which caused that car to hit another. The van driver fled the scene, witnesses claimed. A female driver in the car first hit required hospitalization.
The van, later determined to be a black-and-white Ford Club Wagon, turned up six days later in a parking lot at the Rolling Hills Apartments, 2120 Buchert Rd. That’s the area where the observant tipster had seen it before, police were told, and where they found it once more. Pendergrass was located, questioned, and allegedly confessed to being the missing driver who was involved.
The department’s statement Saturday thanked area residents for their assistance.
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