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Tamaqua hit-and-run suspect turns herself in

The suspect in a hit-and-run crash in Tamaqua turned herself into police Monday morning.

Kayla Shea Hayes, 22, of Philadelphia, was released after posting 10 percent of $10,000 bail.

Police say Hayes struck a 16-year-old while driving along East Broad Street in Tamaqua last month. At the time her license was suspended.

After the crash, police said she abandoned the car and fled to Philadelphia. On Tuesday, she returned to Tamaqua to face charges.

The crash occurred Nov. 20 around 1:50 p.m. The driver of a silver Subaru station wagon struck the Eric Richardson, 16, as he crossed East Broad Street. Police said that crash witnesses saw the driver got out of the car, but got back in and drove away without notifying authorities.

Police located the car a few blocks away.

The car’s registration came back to a Philadelphia resident, who was determined to have a relationship with Hayes. Witnesses who saw the crash identified Hayes as the driver.

Police learned that Hayes’ license was suspended since May after she failed to respond to a traffic citation from Lansford Borough.

Police contacted Hayes in Philadelphia, and she agreed to turn herself in to face charges. On Monday, she surrendered to police.

Hayes’ preliminary hearing in the case is set for Dec. 21 before MDJ Stephen Bayer.

A student at Marian Catholic High School, reportedly suffered a skull fracture and leg fractures. Marian and St. Jerome Regional School held fundraisers for the family.

Kayla Hayes