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.
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