An elderly Monroe County driver is facing charges after his vehicle struck a flagman at a PennDOT construction site and he allegedly attempted to leave the scene. Pocono Mountain Regional police said the incident occurred about 10:22 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 4, along SR196 in the area of the K&L gate of A Pocono Country Place.
Police were dispatched to the scene and spoke with Evan Hendriks, 35, of Warminister. He said he was a flagman at the site and was stopping southbound traffic while repair work was being done to the road.
He said the lead vehicle in the stopped traffic began drifting forward so he moved into the front of the vehicle. Hendriks said the vehicle then accelerated rapidly and struck him, throwing him up and over the hood.
The vehicle was stopped a short distance from the initial point of impact by a witness, police said. The driver was identified as Donald Collier, 80, of Canadensis.
Collier told police he was unaware that he had hit anyone. Collier's wife, Marie, told officers she told her husband to stop and she thinks that he panicked due to a medical condition and continued to go on. Hendriks was transported to the Pocono Medical Center, East Stroudsburg, for treatment of a possible broken wrist, police said.
Police said they consulted with the Monroe County District Attorney's Office and will file charges of careless driving, duty of driver in construction and maintenance area or on highway safety corridors, immediate notice of accident to police and accidents involving death or personal injury against Collier.