Douglass man arrested for hit and run

Douglass (Mont.) police officers investigate the white high-top van in the background that was allegedly involved in the hit-and-run of a teenager Saturday evening. Photo by Tom Kelly III.

The man allegedly responsible for hitting a 13-year-old boy with his conversion van Saturday afternoon was arrested after police were able to track him down through information from witnesses at the scene.

Jeremiah Johnson, 29, of 500 Jackson Road in Douglass (Mont.), was arrested after police traced the driver's license number obtained by witnesses to his white Ford Econoline Van at his residence, Douglass (Mont.) Police said in a Sunday press release.

The incident occurred at the intersection of Virmay Drive and Mensch Lane around 4:40 p.m. Saturday.

A witness, who declined to identify himself, told reporters that after the teenager was struck, the van momentarily stopped, but then fled the scene. The same witness said others tried to make the van stop by holding its mirrors or standing in front of it while others took pictures of the license plate with their cell phones.

According to police, when they got to Johnson's residence, he was seen walking away from it. After police pursued him on foot, he was eventually located and arrested in a cornfield nearby.

Johnson was charged with aggravated assault by vehicle, being responsible for an accident involving death or personal injury, not having a license and other related charges.

DUI charges are also possible, police said, 'pending the results of toxicology tests' but there was no further indication that Johnson was impaired at the time of the accident.

Bail was set at 10 percent of $10,000, but it was not posted and Johnson was sent to Montgomery County Corrections Center.

Witnesses said the teenager was hustling across Virmay Drive carrying a folding table when the van struck him with its front, driver's side section, causing him to be 'launched.'

When Johnson allegedly attempted to get away, the witness who declined to idenify himself said several of those at the scene trying to keep him there were also almost struck.

The identity of the victim was not released. He was taken via Gilbertsville Ambulance to a trauma center but information on his condition was not released.

A witness said the victim was scratched and bleeding but tried to get up after the accident. The witness also said he believed the teenager to be in shock.

The Douglass (Mont.) Police were assisted by the New Hanover, Upper Pottsgrove and Boyertown police, as well as the Gilbertsville Fire Company on Saturday.

The 1400 block of Virmay Drive was closed for at least an hour while police investigated the incident or questioned witnesses.

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