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Quakertown Man Faces Hit and Run Charges
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer

            A Quakertown man faces charges of hit and run in Richland Township. Joel Stewart McGriff, 40, of Lucky Lane, is accused of striking a pedestrian and leaving the scene of the May 6 incident on Mill Street.

            At 12:33 p.m. on May 6, police were dispatched to 225 Mill Road to assist an ambulance crew treating a man laying six feet off the roadway in a front yard. The man reported injuries to his left leg, right wrist and back. Additional injuries to the top and back of his head, right wrist and left leg were also visible.

           A Lucky Lane resident told police that he witnessed an agitated McGriff stop at the home of another resident at about 12:30 p.m. McGriff stated that he had struck a sign and broken the windshield on the 2000 Honda Civic he was driving.

            Video obtained from a home in the 100 block of Mill Road shows a vehicle matching the description of the Civic driving westbound toward 225 Mill Road at that time, according to the legal document.

            The Civic's owner, who was approached by a Richland Township officer, reported the discovery of fresh damage to her car. The woman said her tan 2000 Honda Civic was always parked outside. She also told police she allowed McGriff to use it for work.

            Law enforcement officials seized the vehicle – which had damage on the right side, including a shattered windshield – from a garage on Lucky Lane. Hair was embedded in the windshield and human blood was detected on the post between the front and back door on the passenger side of the car, according to court records.

            A crash investigator determined that the vehicle struck the pedestrian, according to the affidavit of probable cause.

            During a May 8 preliminary arraignment, District Judge Daniel Baranoski set bail in the case at 10 percent of $100,000 monetary. McGriff was remanded to Bucks County prison. A preliminary hearing, before Gaier, is scheduled for 10 a.m. on May 17, according to the judicial website.

            McGriff faces one felony count of an accident involving death or personal injury. He has also been charged with careless driving, failure to stop, give information or render aid and failure to notify police of an accident, according to information posted on a state judicial website.

            Reportedly, the victim underwent multiple surgeries for his injuries and was in critical condition.






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