No charges yet in Bucks hit and run

Posted: January 30, 2014

Northampton Township police have spoken with the driver of a car that struck and killed a woman on Jacksonville Road on Monday, but are awaiting autopsy results before determining whether to file charges against the man, Chief Michael Clark said Tuesday afternoon.

Clark identified the victim in Monday's hit-and-run as 51-year-old Christine E. Witte, who he said was living with her mother on Jacksonville Road near the site of the accident.

Clark did not identify the driver but said the driver told police he knew he had hit something while driving Monday morning, but was unaware that it was a person.

Witte was pronounced dead at the scene around 6:30 a.m. Monday. The driver's gray Dodge minivan was seized by police at the Warminster train station later that morning.

Clark said Tuesday that after feeling a bump, the driver continued along Jacksonville Road before parking at the train station to go into the city for work.

Witte was likely hit in the southbound lane, Clark said, and damage to the car - primarily beneath the front bumper, and not on the fender or headlights - suggests she may have been lying down when struck.

As a result, according to Clark, authorities are awaiting autopsy results to determine whether other circumstances preceded her death, such as being hit by another vehicle or a medical issue that caused her to collapse in the street.

Police are obtaining a search warrant for the vehicle, according to Clark, and have been consulting with the District Attorney's Office throughout the investigation.


cpalmer@phillynews.com

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