Sheriff: Deputy needed leg surgery after being struck by hit-and-run car

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch

A York County sheriff's deputy who was struck by a hit-and-run vehicle in York City Wednesday afternoon is recovering at York Hospital after undergoing leg surgery, his boss said.

"The surgery went well," Sheriff Richard Keuerleber told The York Dispatch. "Hopefully he'll be released in a couple days. ... We're all thinking about him."

Keuerleber said the deputy's name won't be released until after he is released from the hospital, "out of respect for his privacy."

The staff at the sheriff's office are grateful for the outpouring of concern from York County residents on social-media sites, according to the sheriff.

A York County sheriff's deputy was struck by a hit-and-run car at the intersection of South Queen and East Princess streets on Nov. 7, 2018, York City Police said.
(John A. Pavoncello photo)

"It's overwhelming, the support we get from the community," Keuerleber said. "We appreciate all the thoughts and prayers."

He said York City Police have been investigating "nonstop" to track down the hit-and-run driver.

Converged on area: About a dozen York City police officers and other law-enforcement officers converged on the area of the city where the deputy was struck, police said.

"We've had officers, neighborhood units and detectives working on this all morning — canvassing the area, looking for witnesses and looking for video footage," York City Police Lt. William Wentz said on Thursday, Nov. 8. "Other jurisdictions are helping us as well."

The deputy was assisting the county Drug Task Force when he was hit at 3:49 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, at the intersection of South Queen and East Princess streets, according to Wentz, who supervises the city's detective bureau.

"He was working with members of the York County Drug Task Force, along with York City officers, and they were trying to take someone into custody for a drug offense," Wentz said.

But the wanted person ran, spurring a foot pursuit with officers and deputies, according to the lieutenant.

The deputy ran into the street and was struck by a black four-door sedan, which then fled the area, Wentz said. The car is believed to have front-end damage and possible windshield damage.

Thrown onto hood: After being struck, the deputy was thrown onto the hood of the car and "was propelled into the air and landed on the roadway," according to the lieutenant.

"The car that struck him was not involved in the drug investigation," Wentz said.

A York County sheriff's deputy was struck by a hit-and-run car at the intersection of South Queen and East Princess streets on Nov. 7, 2018, York City Police said.
(John A. Pavoncello photo)

The officers and Drug Task Force members who were with the deputy got him seated in a city patrol car, called for an ambulance and broadcast information about the fleeing vehicle, according to the lieutenant.

"They were shaken up," he acknowledged, but he said they are now "working very diligently to locate this driver and vehicle."

Springettsbury Township Police are helping in the investigation, and Northern York County Regional Police have offered their assistance as well, Wentz said.

In all, the number of officers and personnel working the case is in the double digits, he confirmed.

"We've gotten some tips, and we're following up on them," Wentz said, but he noted that investigators still need anyone with information to come forward.

The York County Drug Task Force utilizes county sheriff's deputies in various capacities,  according to Kyle King, spokesman for the York County District Attorney's Office.

That includes being assisted by uniformed deputies, he said. The Drug Task Force is run out of the DA's office.

Cash reward offered: A cash reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the hit-and-run driver, police said.

Police urge anyone with information about the hit-and-run to text "Yorktips" and their information to 847411, or call the city's crime tip line, 717-849-2204. Both the text service and the tip line are anonymous, police said.

Tipsters can also call York County Crime Stoppers at 717-755-TIPS, or call the York City Police Department's main line, 717-846-1234.

People don't have to give their names to collect cash rewards from Crime Stoppers.

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