Abel Zwiep
Abel Zwiep

A South Dakota man killed on Interstate 83 early Monday morning by a hit-and-run driver repeatedly caught the attention of police here over the last two weeks.

Abel Edward Zwiep, who turned 35 on Friday, was cited with public drunkenness three times since Jan. 16, according to online court records.

West Manchester Township Police filed a citation against him on Jan. 23 for a Jan. 18 incident; he pleaded guilty to that on Friday, records state.

Springettsbury Township Police cited him Jan. 16 and again on Jan. 25. Zwiep had pleaded guilty to the Jan. 16 incident, records state. He gave officials an address of 30 Main St. in Rapid City. S.D.

Zwiep appeared before District Judge Barry Bloss Jr. for the first Springettsbury incident, according to the judge.

According to Bloss, Zwiep said he was on his way to visit a friend in New Jersey and, referring to the public-drunkenness citation, told the judge, "I made a mistake."

Zwiep was locked up on one of his public drunkenness citations and was released from York County Prison early Sunday morning, according to Trooper Rob Hicks, a state police spokesman.

Zwiep's body was found about 12:45 a.m. Monday along the right shoulder of I-83 at mile marker 22.8, which is less than a mile north of the North George Street exit, according to police.

He had been walking northbound along the interstate when he was struck by a northbound vehicle that fled the scene, police said.


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A witness reported seeing a man walking along the shoulder of the highway near mile marker 22 about an hour before Zwiep's body was found, according to York County Deputy Coroner Jeffri Goodfellow.

An autopsy Monday morning at Allentown's Lehigh Valley Hospital determined the victim's cause of death to be multiple blunt-force injuries, according to the coroner's office.

Zwiep had no known local address, Hicks said.

It took several hours for investigators to identify Zwiep, which they did using several of his tattoos, police said.

Anyone who drove that stretch of I-83 between 12:30 a.m. and 12:45 a.m. or who has information about the fatal hit-and-run is asked to call state police at (717) 428-1011.

Police are asking truck drivers who were in the vicinity around that timeframe to inspect their vehicles for possible damage and notify police immediately if damage is found.

-- Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com.