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Police looking for driver in Speers hit-run accident

| Thursday, June 13, 2013, 12:11 a.m.

Police are looking for the driver of a pickup truck who left the scene of an accident in Speers – allegedly to head off to a driver's education class.

William Franks, 73, who resides in the Nathan Goff Apartments, North Charleroi, suffered a broken femur and collar bone and punctured lung in the Monday incident, police reported. He was transported to Mon Valley Hospital and later transferred to a Pittsburgh-based hospital. No condition information was available.

Witnesses told police a black Chevrolet Z-71 driven by a young man struck Franks shortly after noon in the parking lot of the PNC Bank, located on Route 88.

One witness told police that Franks told her, “that truck just hit me.”

The driver and another man, who witnesses believed was the driver's father, went over to check on Franks. The young man seemed concerned and said, “I didn't see him.” The older man interrupted him, saying, “We just saw that he fell and came to check on him.”

Another witness said the young man then said, “I don't think I hit him, he fell.”

Franks told police that after the truck struck him and knocked him over, it backed over him.

As Charleroi firefighters arrived on the scene, the father said, “We gotta go. I have to get him to driver's ed.”

Police said they are checking bank surveillance cameras.

Police are looking for additional witnesses.

“We're looking for these people to come forward, too,” said Charleroi Regional Police Det. Eric Porter said. “We're treating it as an accident at this point.”

Chris Buckley is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2642 or cbuckley@tribweb.com.

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