Pittsburgh, PA – People nowadays do show as much respect and consideration for seniors. A 74-year-old man in a wheelchair was the victim of a hit-and-run in Westmoreland County last Tuesday.
The fatality was identified by the police as Byron White, 74 years old who was hit outside the Gun Rack on Route 136 in Rostraver Township at 7:57 o’clock in the evening.
According to the police, White’s wheelchair was struck by the hit-and-run driver, who swerved off the road and collided with a mailbox before hurling the senior airborne.
Harry Schmidt, a friend of White said that it seems unbelievable that a 3-foot-wide wheelchair could become a target that far off the road.
Schmidt was likely one of the last people to see White before the hit-and-run took place. White told him to go home and look after his job as a gunsmith. And a couple hours later, Schmidt learned that his friend is in critical condition after being struck by a car.
The police said that the driver fled from the scene and it was White’s wife who found him critically injured.
Schmidt said that some parts of his car remained in the yard here, and this would greatly help identify the type of vehicle used by the hit-and-run driver.
White was treated by paramedics and airlifted by helicopter ambulance to UPMC Mercy hospital in Pittsburgh. He remained in critical condition and up to now no mews have been released regarding his condition.
Police said that they already have a suspect in custody. He is a 53-year-old man who police did not identify.
The incident remains under investigation, and anyone with information has been asked to contact Rostraver police at 724-929-8811.
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