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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Man Fled Scene After Crash In Coryville Monday Night

A Smethport man has been charged with four vehicle code violations by State Police after his 2000 Dodge Dakota failed to stop at the stop sign at the south end of Moody Hollow Road in Coryville on Monday night at 11:14 PM and crashed through the red shed pictured above before fleeing the scene.

Jon Howard, 34, of Smethport, PA, was not injured in the crash, but the crash damaged two cars parked in the driveway of the residence. He's charged with Stop & Yield Signs, Careless Driving, Duty to Give Information and Render Aid, and Accidents Involving Damage To Unattended Vehicle Or Property.

Trooper Andrew Brothers of the Kane barracks who investigated detailed the accident: Howard was traveling southbound on Moody Hollow Road. When he came to the stop sign at the south end of Moody Hollow with it's intersection with Rt. 446 in Coryville, he failed to stop his vehicle and continued across both lanes of the roadway before impacting the red 12' by 12' wooden shed pictured above with the vehicle's front end.

Howard's pickup traveled through the shed, completely demolishing it and and damaging a legally parked 2002 Mercury Sable that was unoccupied in the driveway with debris thrown from the crash. As the pickup traveled through the shed, it then impacted a 2002 Ford Ranger which was also unoccupied and legally parked in the driveway. This impact caused the Ford Ranger to be pushed south where it impacted a partial metal shed with it's front end.

Howard's vehicle came to a momentary stop before he was able to place the vehicle in reverse, accelerating and spinning the tires in an attempt to leave the scene. As Howard was backing up and turning in a northern direction, the vehicle impacted a concrete wishing well with it's rear end and became partially impaled in a drainage ditch.

The vehicle again came to a momentary stop, before Howard was able to put the vehicle into gear and activate 4 wheel drive, spinning all 4 tires, freeing the vehicle and exiting through the driveway. Howard then fled the scene traveling south on Route 446.

The photo above is from Google maps previous to the crash.

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