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At 4:52 AM the Hopewell Township Police Department, along with the Hopewell Fire Department, were dispatched to a hit and run motor vehicle crash on West Broad Street between North Greenwood Avenue and Mercer Street in Hopewell Borough. Officers arrived and found that a parked Honda Civic had been struck by an eastbound box truck. The collision caused the Civic to be pushed onto the sidewalk causing damage to three park benches, a stone hitching post, a lamp post, metal trash receptacles and a small tree. The Civic came to rest against the front façade of a business where it struck the outside gas meter.

The box truck left the scene, but an eyewitness provided a description of the vehicle which was broadcast to surrounding jurisdictions.

The fire department shut off gas service to the building and residents living above the business were evacuated as a precaution until Elizabethtown Gas arrived and deemed the area to be safe. Residents were able to return to their homes a short time later.

The box truck, a 2006 International 430 contracted truck delivering U.S. Mail, was located in Montgomery Township a short time later after being involved in another crash in their jurisdiction. The driver, 69 year old Samuel Roberts (Ford Ave. Bristol, PA), was interviewed and issued the following summonses by Officer James Klesney: reckless driving, leaving the scene of a motor vehicle crash, failing to report a motor vehicle crash with property damage, failure to possess a CDL, failure to produce credentials and improper display of license plates. His case will be heard in municipal court.

West Broad Street between North Greenwood Avenue and Louellen Street was closed for approximately 90 minutes during this investigation.

There were no reported injuries.

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Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Binghamton and a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall Law School. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, creative endeavors, and photographing mushrooms. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), holds a seat on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, and is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance.

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