A Maidencreek Township man has waived a hearing on charges he left the scene of an accident near Hamburg in which one of his passengers was injured.
Westin A. Meleta, 25, of the 200 block of Genesis Drive remained free to await further court actions after his appearance Monday before District Judge Kim L. Bagenstose in Hamburg.
Meleta is charged with causing an accident involving personal injury and failing to immediately report an accident to police.
According to court records:
On April 5 about 5:15 p.m., Tilden Township police responded to a call from a woman who came upon a one-vehicle crash on Fisher Dam Road near Hex Highway, also known as Old Route 22. The caller said no one was around the vehicle.
As he neared the intersection, Sgt. Peter J. Witman saw three men walking east along Hex Highway. As he got closer, one of the men ran east away from the other two.
Witman didn't know at the time that they were involved in the crash so he passed them to get to the crash scene, where he saw an unoccupied Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck.
He returned to Hex Highway and pulled up behind the three males. The one who ran had returned.
He asked them if they were involved in the crash and was told that they were.
Witman asked who was driving, and Meleta said that he was. The officer could smell alcohol on Meleta's breath.
Meleta said that he and his friends left a tavern in Perry Township where all three had been drinking alcoholic beverages. The were driving to a club in Hamburg when the crash occurred on the road slicked by sleet and rain.
Meleta admitted that he was driving too fast for conditions.
One of the passengers said he was bleeding. He had blood on his pants and showed the officer a wound on his upper right side.
Witman radioed for an ambulance, then provided first aid with the help of the other passenger.
Meleta said he left the scene because he was scared to be caught driving after drinking. He admitted he did not call in the crash or call for an ambulance even though he had a cellphone.
The woman who reported the crash said Meleta told her several times not to all 9-1-1, that help was not needed. She left the scene, then called 9-1-1.
Meleta was given a field sobriety test and performed satisfactorily so he wasn't charged with drunken driving.
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