Truck believed to be involved in Pottstown hit-and-run found

- Pottstown Police and Montgomery County Detectives have located the pick-up truck believed to be involved in a hit-and-run that  struck and killed a 24-year-old Friday night.

It happened on Route 100 and Shoemaker Road around 8 p.m. 
 
Police said that officers responded and found the victim, Donald Purnell, 24, of Pottstown, dead on the scene. 
 
According to police, Purnell was walking to his 8 p.m. shift at a nearby Wendy's restaurant when he was struck.
 
Purnell was allegedly struck by a second car after the first crash. Police said the driver of the second car didn't see the victim lying on the highway, and immediately stopped and remained on scene until police arrived.
 
A search warrant for the 1994 Ford XLT pick-up truck has been signed by a judge. Police say the pick-up, which matches the description from a witness to the crash, has damage to its hood, radiator, grill and bumper and is currently undergoing a complete forensic examination. A section of the pick-up truck's grill was recovered at the scene, according to investigators. 
 
"I want to thank both the media for sharing this tragic story about a young man who was killed walking to work and the individual who came forward to provide information on the pick-up truck," said District Attorney Kevin Steele. "That assistance has been invaluable in this investigation."
 
No charges against the driver of the pick-up truck have been filed at this time and the driver's name is not being released.
 
Anyone with information on the accident is asked to call the Pottstown Borough Police Department at 610-970-6570. 

 

Up Next:


Thank you for visiting FOX29.com! Please click the survey link below to tell us about your experience.

FOX 29 Website Survey

  • Popular

  • Recent

Stories You May Be Interested In – includes Advertiser Stories