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Hit-and-run victim still critical, probe continues

Published March 30. 2011 05:00PM

A young Tamaqua man injured in a hit-and-run accident in the borough Sunday night remains hospitalized in the intensive care unit at St. Luke's Hospital, Fountain Hill. He is listed as being in critical, but stable, condition, according to police and hospital sources.

Robert Rehrig, 20, of Washington St., was struck by a vehicle while he was walking along Lafayette Street, hauling a metal dolly containing a beermeister. Rehrig was found in the road by a passerby bleeding from a head wound. He was airlifted to St. Luke's via a PennStar helicopter.

Debris left at the scene was identified as being from a Subaru and paint chips left behind gave officers the information they needed. A vehicle matching the description was found a short time later on Green Street. Damage to the front end of the car was consistent with debris left at the scene. A young man was questioned then released into the custody of his family. Tamaqua Chief of Police Dave Mattson is not releasing any information on the suspect at this time, citing the ongoing investigation.

A forensics team from the state police Troop L, Reading, was called in Sunday night to collect evidence and reconstruct the accident. Tamaqua Police were also assisted by police officers from Coaldale, Rush and West Penn Township, the Tamaqua Fire Department, Rescue Squad and Fire Police.

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