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Motorist hits and runs on Mt. Pleasant resident

A.J. Panian | The Mt. Pleasant Journal
Erma Freeman of Mt. Pleasant surveys the damage to her 2003 Chevrolet Impala, which was struck by a vehicle operated by an unidentified passing motorist in a hit-and-run incident which occurred around 2 a.m. Sept. 5 in front of her home on Washington Street in the borough. Photo taken Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013

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Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Mt. Pleasant resident Erma Freeman wants answers.

Freeman, who lives at 514-A Washington Street in the borough, was in bed at her home just before 2 a.m. Sept. 5 when she said she heard a “crunch” sound that made her heart sink.

“I knew it was my car,” Freeman said.

Sure enough, Freeman peered out window to see her fears realized, as a motorist whom police have yet to identify collided with the driver's side front portion of her silver, 2003 Chevrolet Impala, which was parked streetside.

The vehicle's driver's side front door was hit with enough force to disable the door altogether. In addition, the vehicle was forced into the hillside above the curb, which virtually destroyed the passenger's side front tire.

The hood and headlights of Freeman's vehicle were also damaged.

Just west of the car, uprooted grass and dirt show that the vehicle that struck Freeman's vehicle then collided with the grass hill between the street and sidewalk. A single tire track from the vehicle's passenger's side tire in dirt shows that the vehicle continued west on Washington and almost hit a tree farther down the street.

Soon after discovering the damage to her car, Freeman said she called borough police and her son, borough resident Will Lynch.

“I'd say there's more than a couple thousand dollars worth of damage here,” Lynch said.

Borough Assistant Police Chief Dan Zilli responded to the scene with Officer James Kowalczuk.

The police determined by the wheel track left behind that the vehicle made a left-hand turn onto College Avenue, Zilli said.

The track, composed of what appeared to be a mixture of soil and leaking vehicle fluid, continued on the pavement for three-quarters of a block before it disappeared, Zilli said.

“It seemed to have a bent (passenger's side front) tire,” Zilli said.

In addition, streaks of maroon-colored paint are visible in the impacted areas of Freeman's vehicle.

Police filed a report on the incident and the search for the offending motorist will continue, Zilli said.

Freeman said her car insurance policy will not cover the cost of repairing the damage to her vehicle. Lynch offered his car to his mother so she could get to work the evening of Sept. 5.

“I'm just sick over this,” she said. “Hopefully getting some word of mouth out will help.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact borough police at 724-547-7210.

A.J. Panian is an editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-547-5722 or

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