Oct. 9 Hearing Set In U.S. 422 Alleged Hit-Run

NORTH COVENTRY PA – An Oct. 9 (2017; Monday) preliminary hearing has been scheduled for a 58-year-old Boyertown man who is accused by North Coventry Township police of allegedly causing a hit-and-run crash that occurred two weeks ago on westbound U.S. Route 422 near mile-marker 171.3. Vehicles were damaged in the incident.

Officers said they arrested Richard Allen Messner (at top) in connection with the accident, and have charged him with one count each of an accident involving damage attended vehicle or property, failure in duty to give information and render aid, careless driving, and disregarding traffic lanes.

Police said they responded Aug. 15 (Tuesday) at about 4 p.m. to the accident. Its victim, who was not identified by name or residence, claimed “Messner was driving erratically, struck his vehicle, and continued to travel westbound on 422, failing to stop after the accident,” according to a department report online. “The victim provided police with the striking vehicle’s description, make, model, and (Pennsylvania) registration,” it added.

Messner was taken into custody Aug. 22, following an investigation that police said revealed he was “was the driver of the striking vehicle.” The preliminary hearing is scheduled before Magisterial District Justice Leonard J. Brown, according to a Chester County court docket sheet.

Photos from North Coventry police and Google Images

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