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Hit-and-run driver being sought

Published October 19. 2012 05:02PM

A hit-and-run driver is being sought in Schuylkill County. It was one of three crashes investigated by state police at Frackville.

Troopers said Philip Showers, of Lebanon, was eastbound on Aristes Road, heading toward Ringtown, about 1:25 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 17, while another vehicle was traveling westbound toward Aristes. Troopers said the other vehicle drifted across the center line. Showers, driving a 2005 Mack tractor with trailer, locked up his brakes and swerved onto the shoulder to avoid a collision. The other vehicle sideswiped the truck and continued westbound, leaving behind the driver's side mirror.

Showers was not injured and damages were minor to the truck.

The hit and run vehicle is believed to be a Jeep Cherokee or Grand Cherokee, dark green in color. Troopers added the hit and run vehicle, besides missing a mirror, should have scrapes and marks from rubbing against the tires of the rig.

Troopers investigated another crash on Wednesday, about 7:50 p.m., along Interstate 81 in Frailey Township. Troopers said Mary Martin, 70, of Nashville, Tenn., was driving a 2012 Nissan Altima northbound when she encountered a deer standing on the road. She struck the deer with the front end of her car.

Martin was not injured but her vehicle had to be towed from the scene.

A one-vehicle crash was reported about 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 16, along Red Ridge Road, in North Union Township. Troopers said Curtis R. Shorette, 33, of Zion Grove, was driving a 1997 Infiniti QX4 northbound when he attempted to avoid a deer that had entered the road in front of him.

His vehicle left the road on the right side, hit a "drop off" point, which caused the vehicle to roll over, travel down a steep embankment and end up on its wheels about 40 feet from the road.

Troopers said Shorette left the scene. The vehicle was discovered several hours later by a passing motorist.

Shorette was charged with driving on roadways laned for traffic.

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