POTTSTOWN PA – A 28-year-old Gilbertsville man has been arrested for allegedly leaving the scene of an accident involving death or injury, tampering with or fabricating physical evidence, and related charges in the March 3 (2017; Friday) night-time hit-and-run death of a pedestrian who was crossing Route 100 at Shoemaker Road while on his way to work at a nearby fast-food restaurant, according to the Montgomery County District Attorney’s office.
County detectives and the Pottstown Police Department, who investigated the fatality during the past two weeks, brought charges Friday morning (March 17) charges against Adam Timbario (at top). They alleged Timbario was driving a Ford-model pick-up truck that struck Purnell at 7:55 p.m. as he crossed 100, en route to the Wendy’s Restaurant at its intersection with Shoemaker.
Investigators claimed Timbario left without stopping. Purnell, age 24 and the father of a young girl, was pronounced dead at the scene. Shortly after their examination of the accident began, authorities called for public help in finding the then-unidentified pick-up driver. Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele said the assistance they received proved “invaluable in this investigation.”
In a Friday statement, the DA’s office said investigators determined “Purnell was crossing Route 100 on foot, just south of the intersection with Shoemaker Road. He had crossed over the northbound lanes of travel and the painted center medium, then walked into the left lane of the southbound travel lanes where he was struck by a Ford F150 pick-up truck driven by the defendant.”
Within a hour after the crash, the statement reported, Timbario had contacted a potential third-party buyer and reached a deal to sell the truck on the following day, March 4. The potential buyer contacted a body shop to look at the damage, and the mechanic involved in turn told the buyer about the accident that had made the news. That’s when the buyer contacted police, the statement added.
Timbario was arraigned before Pottstown Magisterial District Judge Scott T. Palladino, and was released on unsecured bail of $75,000. Timbario is scheduled for a preliminary hearing March 31 (Friday). The case will be prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Richard Bradbury, the statement added.
- Man arrested in fatal hit-and-run on Route 100 in Pottstown (WFMZ-TV; March 17, 2017)
- Suspect in deadly Pottstown hit and run charged (Fox 29 TV, March 17, 2017)
- Gilbertsville man arrested in connection to fatal Rt 100 hit-and-run (The Mercury; March 17, 2017)
Timbario photo from the Montgomery County District Attorney; graphic from Google Images