Police car hits, kills man in Warminster

Posted: June 11, 2007

A man crossing a road was killed in Warminster when he was hit by a police car responding to a report of an armed robbery Saturday night, Warminster Police Chief Michael Murphy said yesterday.

Several police cars were en route to the robbery scene when one, with siren on and lights flashing, struck and killed the man, who was crossing Street Road near Hardmann Road, at 10:42 p.m., Murphy said.

The police car was traveling east on Street Road, which Murphy said was five lanes wide at that point.

The officer's car hit the man after swerving to avoid hitting his companion, who fled and has not been found, according to Murphy. The two men apparently were running across the road, not at the light, with a 12-pack of beer that was strewn across the road after the crash, he said.

The victim has not been identified, but Murphy described him as of Latin descent in his 30s, with dark hair and no facial hair. He was wearing a red shirt, tan shorts, white sneakers, and had no identification with him, Murphy said.

"There's no criminality involved. It's apparently two guys trying to run across the road, and they weren't involved in the robbery five or six blocks away," Murphy said.

Murphy said the officer, whom he would not name, was extremely distraught.

"It doesn't appear his speed was excessive, but we haven't yet determined how fast he was going. . . . We're going to retrieve the black box" in his car. The speed limit at the crash site is 45 m.p.h., Murphy said.

He said the officers had been on their way to an armed robbery near Street and Davisville Roads.

The Bucks County District Attorney's Office, the county Coroner's Office, and crash reconstruction specialists from other police departments join Warminster police in investigating the death.

Police ask anyone with information about the accident or the victim to call 215-443-5000.

Contact staff writer Jan Hefler at 856-779-3224 or jhefler@phillynews.com.

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