Warrants detail interview, investigation of fatal hit-and-run
Published: Friday, May 13, 2011; Last Updated: Tue. May 10, 2011, 1:21pm
By Brandie Kessler, firstname.lastname@example.org
UPPER PROVIDENCE The Gilbertsville woman who allegedly struck and killed a 26-year-old woman on Township Line Road and left the scene April 27 told investigators she “felt a bump” but didn’t stop, even after noticing damage to the passenger side windshield area of her vehicle, according to court documents.
Patricia Maurer, 74, was interviewed by Montgomery County Detectives May 6 when she admitted to leaving the scene of the pedestrian crash, but she said she “never observed a pedestrian walking on South Township Line Road” according to a search warrant obtained by investigators May 10.
Maurer, who was in the presence of her attorney at the time she spoke with detectives, said she “felt a bump”while she was driving in the area of the crash, according to the search warrant. She told investigators she did not stop driving; however, when she reached the intersection of Ridge Pike and South Township Line Road, “she noticed her passenger side windshield area of her vehicle had been broken. After noticing the broken windshield damage she continued home.”
Kristy Bender, 26, who was walking in the 1200 block of Township Line Road around 1:30 p.m. April 27 when she was struck, died after being transported to Pottstown Memorial Medical Center, according to court papers.
When she was interviewed by investigators, Maurer also admitted she takes “several prescription medications,” including Ativan, Zoloft and blood pressure medications, which are prescribed by her doctor, according to the court document.
Maurer told investigators she was wearing corrective eyeglasses while she was driving on Township Line Road in the area of the crash, as she has cataract issues with her eyes, according to the search warrant.
Investigators obtained the search warrant to access any prescriptions issued to Maurer, including prescribed corrective eyewear.
The search warrant, the second of two that have thus far been obtained by investigators, was issued by District Judge Walter F. Gadzicki. In the document, investigators noted that Maurer’s 2003 Toyota Camry had been inspected by a licensed inspection mechanic and post-crash inspector on May 2 for the purpose of determining whether there were any mechanical failures or defects that could have contributed to the crash.
The inspection revealed that no such defects or mechanical failures were present, according to the search warrant. Furthermore, investigators noted in the court document that Maurer had her vehicle inspected April 26, the day before the fatal crash. Between the time of inspection April 26 and the post-crash inspection a total of 77 miles had been added to the odometer, as indicated in the search warrant.
When county detectives inspected the Camry following the post-crash analysis by the licensed inspector, detectives were able to match several car parts that were collected, as indicated in the search warrant. Evidence collected at the scene included the “passenger side, rear view mirror, broken headlight parts and broken turn signal parts.” Detectives specified that those parts were found lying in and near the road at the crash scene.
No charges had been filed against Maurer as of Thursday evening and the investigation into the fatal crash continues.